Parasite Pressure Tool Online
Merial introduces a new parasite pressure tool that will allow cattle producers to monitor parasite pressure in their pastures and become aware of the conditions that could threaten their cattle. The tool was developed for and added to the Longrange® website.
Parasite infections can lead to a number of herd health problems, including negative effects on the immune system, decreased appetites, decreased weaning weights and lower conception rates. Because parasites cannot be seen in plain sight, the parasite pressure tool will allow producers to see when and why their cattle are at risk.
Based on a producer’s Zip code and forage type, the tool calculates a custom Grass Growth Index (GGI) and a Nematode Suitability Index (NSI), which show the likelihood of parasite presence within the grass type at specific times of the year.
When a producer enters their location and operation’s forage type, the tool generates the GGI and NSI on a scale of 0-100; 100 represents extremely favorable conditions for grass growth and parasite infection.
“This tool allows producers to be one step ahead of parasites by knowing when and where they are prevalent,” says Steve Vandeberg, Director of Endectocide Marketing, Merial. “We hope producers take advantage of the benefits this innovative resource can offer.”
With the information the tool provides, producers can work with their veterinarian to choose the parasite control product that is best suited to battle parasites present in their pasture.