Parasitological Effect of Alternate Grazing of Cattle and Sheep
Preliminary results of a 4 year trial on alternate grazing of cattle and sheep carried out on a pre-alpine pasture in Switzerland indicated that the use of sheep pastures by cattle during the second part of the grazing period (July — September) resulted in reduced faecal egg counts and serum-pepsinogen levels in cattle. This effect was pronounced if the calves were treated with fenbendazole (7.5 mg/kg body weight) before a change of pasture at the beginning of July.
The alternate grazing appeared to be advantageous also for a well balanced plant population on pasture.
KeywordsWorm Burden Grazing Season Cattle Pasture Grazing Period Worm Count
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