Cattle Tick Distribution across Northern Australia
Cattle ticks pose a significant risk to cattle in northern Australia representing significant losses to the industry when not controlled. Cattle ticks (Boophilus microplus) in northern Australia are regarded as not only the most common but also the most dangerous external parasite in cattle. Cattle ticks transmit tick fever which in addition to the feeding habits can result in loss of condition and in situations where the infested animal is vulnerable can result in the animal’s death.
A number of products (pour-ons, dips and injectables) are available for the control of cattle ticks and when combined with management practices to break the life cycle can ensure the parasite is effectively controlled.