Estimation and Economic Implications of Lone Star Tick (Acari: Ixodidae) Infestation on Weight Gain of Cattle, Bos taurus and Bos taurus × Bos indicus

Authors: Ervin, Terry R.; Epplin, Francis M.; Byford, Ronnie L.; Hair, Jakie A.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 80, Number 2, April 1987 , pp. 443-445(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Results of a study to determine economic impact of feeding female lone star ticks, Amblyomma americanum (L.), on stocker cattle (weaned cattle before going into a feedlot) indicated that ticks significantly reduced live weight gain in Bos taurus (L.) cattle. However, F1 B. taurus × Bos indicus cattle supported fewer ticks, and rate of gain was not altered significantly. An average of 40 attached female ticks reduced live weight gain equivalent to ca. $40 per animal for B. taurus stocker cattle.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1987

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