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Cattle Deworming Easy? Yes!

It’s a sight every cattle producer loves—green pastures, slick cattle with shiny coats and heads down in the green grass.

But that green grass can harbor the larvae of internal parasites. And tghat means deworming your cattle is a management necessity.

But it doesn’t have to be a management headache, said Bert Stromberg, PhD, professor of parasitology at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He believes a strategic approach to deworming cattle is a simple, three-pronged approach: identification of prevalent parasites, proper timing of deworming and understanding product labels.

“Parasites really need to be controlled or parasitism can run rampant,” Stromberg said. “Parasite control is continuously changing both in the way we manage animals, as well as the compounds available to control parasite loads. Proper parasite control helps keep cattle productive, looking good and growing.”

To learn more, watch this short video featuring Bert Stromberg, PhD, professor of parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

And it doesn’t stop with implementation of a strategic deworming plan. To get the best bang for the buck, Stromberg emphasizes veterinarian follow-up to ensure parasites are controlled and producer expectations are aligned with label indications.

”Parasite control adds value in many ways,” Stromberg said. “You certainly end up weaning heavier calves.”

Hear more from Dr. Stromberg about how using a deworming program from Zoetis can help improve herd health and productivity.

Zoetis is the proud sponsor, with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health. For more information, visit http://www.zoetis.com/animal-connections-tour.