Rubbin’, Swattin’, Peelin’: Understanding External Parasites in Cattle


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External parasite management is an important economic consideration for any type of cattle operation. Understanding the parasite life cycle, any seasonal trends, and option(s) for treatment are keys to helping producers set realistic expectations for controlling external parasites in cattle. Proper identification of external parasites gives veterinarians opportunities to have more involvement in formulating parasite control strategies, and is often overlooked as an important role that veterinarians have in mitigating the impact of invasive or emerging parasites.


Curt Vlietstra, DVM
Dr. Curt Vlietstra is a Professional Services Veterinarian for the cattle team at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Dr. Vlietstra practiced for 13 years as an associate and owner, primarily working with dairy and beef producers in Minnesota and South Dakota. He earned his DVM from Iowa State University in 2003. Dr. Vlietstra lives in Waupun, WI, with his wife and three children.

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