Nov 1, 1989

The effect of stocking rate and parasite control on the performance of replacement beef heifers on pasture

Veterinary Parasitology
J W HansenH J Gerken


This study was designed to compare the animal production per unit area and per animal at 3 different stocking rates in combination with two deworming programs. Due to drought conditions, fecal egg output, serum pepsinogen levels and herbage larval counts were low throughout the grazing season. The beneficial effects of the strategic deworming program were, however, indicated by lower fecal egg counts and serum pepsinogen levels in the treated groups during most of the grazing season. Differences in weight gain, favoring the treated groups, were also observed and a clear effect of stocking rate was demonstrated. The lowest stocking rate groups continuously had the lowest egg output and serum pepsinogen levels and the highest average weight gain per animal. The experiment also clearly showed that the production per unit area increased with an increase in stocking rate. The medium and high stocking rate groups had a production per unit area exceeding that of the conventional stocking rate group by 15 and 45%, respectively.

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