1. PREVALENCE OF ECTOPARASITE INFESTATIONS ON CATTLE IN AMRELI DISTRICT WESTERN INDIA by DR. NIMESH K. MEHTA
The present research work was employed to determine the prevalence of ectoparasites in cattle of Amreli district, from November 2015 to October 2016.
During the work, physical examination was done in 274 cattle and laboratory identification was done on the ectoparasites which were collected. Overall ectoparasites prevalence was found to be 27.01% (74/274). Totally three species of tick, one species of lice, were identified. Among the tick specimen collected, Rhipicephalus sp. (Boophilus) (45%), Hyalomma sp (25%) Ornithodorus sp. (30%) had highest prevalence. Haemobopinus was the only lice identified. The analysis indicated that, cattle in the study area were infested with numerous ectoparasites fauna but, tick, lice and mite were found to cause health and productivity issues to the cattle and farmers.
KEY WORDS: Ectoparasites, Amreli district, Prevalence, Infestation, Incidence cattle.