Studies on seasonal dynamics of ticks of ogaden cattle and individual variation in resistance to ticks in eastern Ethiopia.

  • Tizeta Bekele
  • Published 2002 in
    Journal of veterinary medicine. B, Infectious…

Abstract

In this study the dominant tick species identified were Amblyomma cohaerens 52.2%, Rhipicephaluspravus 19.3% and A. variegatum 14.6%. A. cohaerens occurred throughout the sampling period and showed a peak during March. Their number declined significantly (P < 0.01) from August to December. R. pravus occurred from July to December only and peaking in September (P < 0.01). A. variegatum occurred in low numbers throughout the study period with a marked seasonal variation (P < 0.01) and abundant numbers of ticks were observed from May to July. The other tick species identified were Boophilus decoloratus, R. bergeoni and R. evertsi evertsi. Individual variation in tick infestation level was observed among the animals (P < 0.05). Since all the animals were of the same breed, age group and were managed similarly the selection of animals with low infestation level can be a component of tick control strategy.

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@article{Bekele2002StudiesOS, title={Studies on seasonal dynamics of ticks of ogaden cattle and individual variation in resistance to ticks in eastern Ethiopia.}, author={Tizeta Bekele}, journal={Journal of veterinary medicine. B, Infectious diseases and veterinary public health}, year={2002}, volume={49 6}, pages={285-8} }