|Title||The effect of rotational grazing for periods of one or two weeks on the build-up of lungworm and gastro-intestinal nematode infections in calves.|
|Author(s)||Eysker, M.; Boersema, J.H.; Cornelissen, J.B.W.J.; Kooyman, F.N.; Leeuw, W.A. de; Saatkamp, H.W.|
|Source||Veterinary Quarterly 15 (1993)1. - ISSN 0165-2176 - p. 20 - 24.|
|Department(s)||Wageningen Bioveterinary Research|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
An experiment was carried out with three groups of grazing calves and one housed control group to study the effect of rotational grazing for periods of 1 and 2 weeks on the build up of lungworm and gastro-intestinal nematode infections respectively. The experiment demonstrated that rotational grazing for periods of 1 week on six plots prevented the build-up of heavy lungworm infections. A build up of heavier lungworm infections was observed in a group that was rotationally grazed for periods of 2 weeks on three plots and a group which remained on one plot throughout the grazing season; there was no difference between these two groups. In all three situations, there was an adequate development of immunity against D. viviparus, as measured by worm recovery after challenge infection at the end of the experiment in comparison with worm recovery of the similarly challenged control group. Neither rotational grazing scheme protected the calves against gastrointestinal helminthiasis, because tracer calves, which grazed for 4 days only in August or October, acquired infections which would have resulted in severe illness or even death if necropsy had been postponed for a week.