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Strate­gic har­row­ing can fight worms

Chain har­row­ing pas­ture im­me­di­ately af­ter graz­ing cat­tle can help to re­duce par­a­site num­bers on pas­ture by ex­pos­ing the eggs to cli­matic ef­fects.

A trial in Can­ter­bury was used to test the be­lief that break­ing up dung pats was a good way to re­duce the num­bers of cat­tle par­a­sites on a rye­grass/white clover pas­ture.

Their work found har­row­ing pas­tures af­ter cat­tle graz­ing to dis­si­pate dung pats can ef­fec­tively re­duce en­dopar­a­site num­bers on pas­ture and con­se­quen­tially en­dopar­a­site in­fec­tion of graz­ing cat­tle. This may negate or de­lay the need for drench­ing. It may also as­sist the uni­form dis­tri­bu­tion of plant nu­tri­ents from the fae­cal de­posits and re­duce patch-graz­ing.

Ear­lier, sim­i­lar re­search with sheep found sim­i­lar re­sults.

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