These pesky bugs can wreak havoc on your herd if not taken care of promptly and properly. This week we are covering the topic of lice, go ahead and start scratching your head now.
Symptoms of lice in cattle include:
Hair loss, due to rubbing
Lousy cattle may cause damage to your fences, yards or trees which the cattle use as rubbing posts. The coats of lousy cattle take on a rough scruffy appearance, and at times, areas of skin are rubbed raw.
If only a few animals in a herd are severely affected by lice, always look for an underlying cause. Diseased or nutritionally stressed animals will develop more severe lice infestations than healthy animals.
Insecticides can be used to treat infected cattle. However they may not be as effective on louse eggs. This means that after treatment, eggs can still hatch and continue the infestation. With some insecticides, a follow-up treatment 2–3 weeks later is necessary. This time interval is critical to achieve control, as it allows time for the eggs to hatch but not to mature into adults which will lay eggs themselves.
We carry a variety of products should a outbreak threaten your herd.
Python Dust (Zeta_Cypermethrin)
Garden, Pet and Livestock Dust (Permethrin)