Reducing Tick Infestations in Cattle with Integrated Pest Management

  • Snigdha Chakraborty Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Assam down town University, Guwahati, Assam, India
  • Renuka Jyothi R Assistant Professor, Department of Life Science, School of Sciences, JAIN (Deemed-to-be University), Karnataka, India
  • Anupama Shamsunder Madhekar Professor, Department of Ayurveda, Sanskriti University, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Keywords: Vaccine, Boophilus microplus, Cattle-Arthropoda, TickGARDPLUS


Cattle infestations are the presence of external parasites that may cause a variety of health problems in the herd. Common examples of such parasites are ticks, lice, mites, and flies. Parasites like this are not only annoying, but they may also spread illness and lead to health problems for humans. The management and prevention of parasite infestations in cattle requires effective parasite control techniques, such as good cleanliness, frequent monitoring, and the administration of suitable therapies. Forty Holstein cows in the middle of their lactation were split into eight groups and given either a Bm 86 vaccine TickGARDPLUS to prevent tick infection from Boophilus microplus, or they were kept on a feedpad until 9:00 a.m, following which they were milked. When measured in the lab, tick reproductive efficiency decreased by 72 percent after vaccination, while tick counts in the field decreased by 56 percent for one generation. Vaccinated cattle had a lower somatic cell count (SCC) in their milk and gained 18.6 kg more weight in their first 27 weeks after vaccination than control calves. There were no other noteworthy variations in output metrics. Compared to cows that were returned to their paddocks after the morning milking, people who remained on the feedpad had 26% more ticks.


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Snigdha Chakraborty, Renuka Jyothi R, & Anupama Shamsunder Madhekar. (2023). Reducing Tick Infestations in Cattle with Integrated Pest Management. Revista Electronica De Veterinaria, 24(2), 11 - 22. Retrieved from