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1 December 2015 Short Communication: Birdsfoot trefoil as a preventative treatment for gastrointestinal nematodes in pastured dairy heifers
E. Shepley, E. Vasseur, R. Bergeron, A. Villeneuve, S. Lachance
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Shepley, E., Vasseur, E., Bergeron, R., Villeneuve, A. and Lachance, S. 2015. Short Communication: Birdsfoot trefoil as a preventative treatment for gastrointestinal nematodes in pastured dairy heifers. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 95: 533-537. Bioactive forages, such as birdsfoot trefoil, may serve as an alternative to anthelmintic drugs in pastured dairy heifers. Differences in parasite burden and growth were examined between eight treatment heifers fed a birdsfoot trefoil mixture and nine control heifer fed alfalfa silage 45-min per day for 12 wk. A significant 3.8- to 9.4-fold reduction in fecal egg counts was observed for treatment heifers at weeks 5, 9, 11 and 12. No treatment effect was found for weight gain. Our results suggest that birdsfoot trefoil may reduce parasite fecal egg counts in pastured dairy heifers without detrimental impact on growth.

E. Shepley, E. Vasseur, R. Bergeron, A. Villeneuve, and S. Lachance "Short Communication: Birdsfoot trefoil as a preventative treatment for gastrointestinal nematodes in pastured dairy heifers," Canadian Journal of Animal Science 95(4), 533-537, (1 December 2015). https://doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2014-169
Received: 5 November 2014; Accepted: 1 June 2015; Published: 1 December 2015
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Birdsfoot trefoil
forages (bioactive)
fourrage à composés bioactifs
Génisses laitières
heifer (dairy)
intestinal parasite
Lotier corniculé
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