Incidence of gastrointestinal parasites in dairy animals of western plains of Punjab
1Corresponding author E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2R.V.O., Vill.-Rania, Moga.
A total of 628 faecal samples were collected from cattle and buffaloes reared in western plains of Punjab. The prevalence of gastrointestinal (GI) parasitic infections in adult animals was 37.97%. Strongyle (18.99%) the most prevalent GI parasite followed by Eimeria sp. (13.42%), Moniezia expansa (5.57%), amphistomes (3.80%), Strongyloides papillosus (1.01%), Trichuris sp. (0.76%) and Fasciola sp. (0.51%). In calves the prevalence of Toxocara vitulorum, strongyle, S. papillosus, Eimeria sp. and M. expansa was 6.01, 21.89, 20.17, 53.22 and 3.43%, respectively. In calves, the overall prevalence of GI parasitic infections was found to be more as compared to adults and T. vitulorum was recorded only from calves of less than six months of age. The baseline data on the prevalence of various GI parasites of bovids generated in the current study would be of immense help in formulating control strategies against these parasites in the western plains of the state.
Buffalo, Calves, Cattle, Gastrointestinal parasites, Incidence, Punjab.