Australia

NEW TO ZOETIS DIRECT? 
LEARN MORE
Livestock Solutions Logo

FarmPlanner LogoFind out more

Weight 
Gain

Effects
Benefits
Beef

Weight Gain

Weight gain infogrphic

Parasites affect weight gain by reducing appetite and feed intake and decreasing the digestion and absorption of feed nutrients

  • Signs of parasite activity include scouring, bottle jaw, poor coat condition and potential death.
  • Superior parasite control delivers better weight gain in cattle which has an economic and animal welfare impact
  • Genetics, sound management, good nutrition and effective parasite control affect weight gain

Effects

Parasites, both internal and external, are a major threat to cattle productivity because of the serious impact they have on weight gain.
Parasites affect weight gain by reducing appetite and feed intake and decreasing the digestion and absorption of feed nutrients

Signs

Signs of parasite activity include scouring, bottle jaw, poor coat condition and potential death.
In many cases, cattle may show no obvious outward signs, other than failure to gain weight or perform to their full potential.

Management Benefits

Superior parasite control delivers better weight gain in cattle which has an economic and animal welfare impact
Producing high quality cattle requires a combination of good genetics, sound management, good nutrition and effective parasite control.

Effective weight

References:

1. Kloosterman A, Albers G, van den Brink R. Negative interactions between Ostertagia ostertagi and Cooperia oncophora in calves. Veterinary Parasitology. Vet Parasitol 1984; 15: 135–50.

Further Reading

A Better Way To Buy