Practical Advice for Dealing With Parasites

A note from the Author: I’m not much of a scientist. While I was trained in science, I am, for the most part, just an observer of nature. I see things in the world around me and make up working hypotheses that appear to fit. The solutions I present here are not proven; they are not supported by research or data. Just by common sense. I live in a horrible place.   How often do you hear someone say that? Not often, at least not in the ranching world. But seriously now, the place where I live is a haven for every creepy, slimy creature known to man. Animal Science Professors at our local Land Grant College commonly use the honorary title of “Crawliologist”. The name of our big valley here in Western Oregon is Willamette, (sounds like damn it) which the anthropologists tell us means Valley of Death in the native tongue. This country is laced with ditches, sloughs and swamps, all of them teeming with leeches, worms and flukes. Not only that, we rarely have a frost that extends below 1” of soil depth, so parasites emerge from winter refreshed and ready to find a new host. Cattle in this country – some of them, anyway—look pretty rough for at least part of the year. Skinny racks of bones with projectile diarrhea and sunken eyes. Just horrible. With that in mind, perhaps I should be thankful for all of the articles in the conve

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2 thoughts on “Practical Advice for Dealing With Parasites

  1. I enjoyed reading this article very much. It is a practical, common sense approach to manage animals to minimize effects of parasites.

  2. Great article! Recommended practically the same practices in Iowa. Amazing what happens when we work with creation instead of against it.

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