Iowa State University Veterinarian

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The importance of cattle parasitism is gaining recognition throughout the world with more emphasis being placed on the incidence, significance and effective control of parasites. The mortality of cattle due to parasitism is relatively low but the morbidity is high due to such losses as inefficient feed utilization and retarded growth and development. Cattle parasitism has been of economic importance for some time in southern United States and in the parts of western United States were irrigation is employed. Increasing interstate movement of cattle has enlarged the area where parasitism is a problem. A fecal study of Iowa cattle was initiated in 1955 in order to determine the extent of bovine parasitism in this state.