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Update on Liver Fluke treatment in cattle

Published 30th March 2015 | Article by Graham Shepherd
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Update on Liver Fluke treatment in cattle

From Vet.Record March 28, 2015

In the UK, in dairy cattle, the choice of drugs is limited to albendazole and oxyclozanide (milk withhold 60hours & 72 hours respectively), with neither drug being claimed to be effective against flukes in animals below seven to 10 weeks of age. Triclabendazole can be applied to cattle at dry-off (e.g. Endofluke milk withhold 45 days dry plus 48 hours)

In beef calves treated housing, shedding of fluke eggs was monitored. It took 8 weeks following Clorsulon, 13 weeks following nitroxynil , for aggs to reappear in the dung. In this trial, eggs did not reappear in the triclabendazole treated calves.

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Graham Shepherd states that other drugs may be used and may be more applicable. e.g. Closantel in Closamectin