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LIVER FLUKE IN CATTLE - EFFECT ON THE LIVER

Corné Mostert

The liver is an extremely important organ. It provides functions essential for:  

  • General health
  • Vitality
  • Production
  • Reproduction

The Liver is the largest internal organ and has numerous functions including:  

  • Production of bile
  • Protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Storage of water soluble vitamins, fat soluble vitamins, iron, triglyceride and glycogen.
  • Fights infections and filters out toxins.
  • Regulating and breaking down of hormones

Liver fluke infections cause severe damage in the cattle from the time the cattle ingest metacercaria (infective larvae) to >12 weeks.

In cattle, ± 25% of the metacercaria (infective larvae) reach the liver within 2 weeks to 85 days after ingestion. The rest migrate through the body and cause damage to other organs.

 

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For optimal liver health use a STRATEGIC CONTROL STRATEGY throughout the year to LIMIT THE DAMAGE caused by liver fluke.

Contact your Virbac representative for a complete liver fluke control program.