To achieve the most out of their parasite control program, producers need to choose a product they can trust and apply it correctly, says Frank Hurtig, DVM, Merial Veterinary Services. He offers the following tips for producers wanting to get the most out of their parasite control investment:

  1. Make sure the product is effective against target parasites in the area and will meet the producer’s parasite control goals.
    • Carefully read product labels to determine parasites controlled and the duration of the product against target parasites.
    • Not all parasite control products are effective against liver flukes or provide control of inhibited stages of the brown stomach worm.
  2. Weigh cattle to determine accurate dosing and achieve more efficient treatment.
    • Using too much or too little product can result in wasted parasite control investment or less-than-ideal control.
  3. Time parasite control for when it’s most effective, not when it’s most convenient.
    • Working with a local veterinarian can help producers determine the best time to control parasites in their area.
  4. Use parasite control products based on the region and life cycle of the target parasites.
    • Due to the persistent effect of endectocides, treatments can be applied in northern climates between two to three weeks before or after the first hard frost for the best fall and winter control.
    • Where liver flukes are a concern, treatment should occur in early fall before cattle are turned out for winter grazing.
  5. Use a branded product that is backed by a product satisfaction guarantee.