A comparison of Ixodes rubicundus (Acari: Ixodidae) infestations on Friesian and Bonsmara cattle in South Africa
This study was conducted to compare the relative resistance of crossbred Bos indicus X B. taurus Bonsmara and B. taurus Friesian cattle to Ixodes rubicundus (Karoo paralysis tick) infestations. During periods of peak abundance of the ticks, Friesian oxen harboured almost twice or more than twice as many ticks as either Bonsmara oxen or cows. During periods of low tick abundance tick burdens on both cattle breeds were closely similar. It is envisaged that cattle can play an important role in an integrated control strategy against the Karro paralysis tick.
Key wordsIxodes rubicundus tick infestations cattle resistance
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