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Comparison of vaccination and ivermectin treatment in the prevention of bovine lungworm
  1. SM Taylor,
  2. TR Mallon and
  3. WP Green


Three groups of calves were put out to graze on separate paddocks within a field known to be infected with Dictyocaulus viviparus and were also given a small initial trickle infection of the parasite. The first group were untreated controls, the second were immunised with live irradiated lungworm vaccine and the third were injected three times with ivermectin; the injections taking place after they had grazed for three, eight and 13 weeks. The subsequent infections of D viviparus were estimated by grazing a series of parasite-free tracer calves in the paddocks used by each group. The first group of such calves grazed from July 17 until August 7, the second from August 22 to September 29. During the first half of the grazing season all the untreated and three of the six immunised calves were observed to excrete D viviparus larvae, in contrast to none of the ivermectin-treated group. As a result all the tracer calves on the areas occupied by the untreated and immunised calves became infected with the parasite whereas only one worm was found in one of the 10 tracer calves grazing the area occupied by the ivermectin-treated calves.

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