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Killer pastures

One of the most challenging problems facing the owners of livestock, and small ruminants in particular, is that of internal parasites like barber pole worms.

At one time, we thought this problem was a thing of the past when anthelmintic drugs like fenbendazole and ivermectin were developed. However, this reprieve was short-lived as parasites soon developed resistance to these new tools. Some innovative producers are now turning to nature’s way of reducing internal parasite burdens on their livestock: Grazing management that reduces parasite infestation, and using pasture plants that contain compounds that are antagonistic to the worms.

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