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Article Number - 4AEF10D66639


Vol.9(12), pp. 349-355 , December 2017
DOI: 10.5897/JVMAH2017.0614
ISSN: 2141-2529



Full Length Research Paper

Tick resistance of two breeds of cattle in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia



Desie Sheferaw
  • Desie Sheferaw
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hawassa University, P.O. Box 5, Hawassa, Ethiopia.
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 Received: 29 June 2017  Accepted: 11 October 2017  Published: 31 December 2017

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The objective of this study was to evaluate total tick burden and resistance differences of local indigenous breeds and Holstein-crosses (50%). Longitudinal study method was employed to assess the mean monthly half-body regions of total tick burdens. The mean monthly half body regions of total tick count on local indigenous cattle and Holstein-crosses (50%) were 75.2 and 201.7, respectively. The monthly mean half-body region of total tick count on the Holstein-crosses (50%) was significantly (p<0.05) higher than that of the indigenous breed throughout the study months. From 4425 collected adult ticks, Boophilus decoloratus (47.50%), Amblyomma gemma (21.06%), Amblyomma variegatum (18.31%), Amblyomma cohaerens (4.97%), Amblyomma lepidum (3.75%), Rhipicephalus evertsi evertsi (2.87%), Rhipicephalus muhsamae (0.79%) and Rhipicephalus guilhoni (0.75%) were the tick species identified in descending order. Among the tick species identified, seasonal variation was observed in four species, namely: A. variegatum, A. gemma, A. lepidum and R. evertsi evertsi. Animal health extension especially on tick control strategy should be in place in order to improve animal productivity.

Key words: Burden, Holstein-cross (50%), indigenous, resistance tick, Ethiopia.

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APA Sheferaw, D. (2017). Tick resistance of two breeds of cattle in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia. Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health, 9(12), 349-355.
Chicago Desie Sheferaw. "Tick resistance of two breeds of cattle in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia." Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health 9, no. 12 (2017): 349-355.
MLA Desie Sheferaw. "Tick resistance of two breeds of cattle in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia." Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health 9.12 (2017): 349-355.
   
DOI 10.5897/JVMAH2017.0614
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JVMAH/article-abstract/4AEF10D66639

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