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Cattle parasites can have a significant impact on herd health and productivity. Elanco Animal Health offers a range of products for the prevention and treatment of parasitic disease in cattle. Whether you are looking for a flukicide which controls all stages of liver fluke, a cattle wormer or effective control of ectoparasites, then make sure you consider the Elanco product portfolio.


Liver Fluke

Coccidiosis is a disease of the intestinal tract caused by single celled intracellular parasites of the genus Eimeria. Young stock such as lambs and calves are at highest risk of disease1, there are over 20 different species of coccidia in cattle and sheep which are host specific with no cross infection; it is important to note that not all species of coccidia are pathogenic:

As it progresses through its life cycle the parasite reproduces within the cells that line the gut causing the cells to rupture, damaging the villi. This damage reduces the amount of nutrients absorbed, causing ill health, poor growth rates and leaving animals susceptible to other diseases. However, the obvious signs of disease (such as diarrhoea) do not appear until after a significant level of damage has already happened, leading to reduced growth rate and economic loss.2

Find out more about coccidiosis and how to treat in cattle.

  • Taylor, M. A., and J. Catchpole, 1994: Coccidiosis of domestic ruminants. Appl. Parasitol. 35, 73-86.
  • Efficacy of diclazuril against naturally acquired Eimeria infectons in suckling beef calves and economic benefits of treatment. J Agneessens, L Goossens, P Veys and D Gradwell. Cattle Practice, The Journal of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, 2005, vol. 13, p231-234.



Nuisance Flies
Flies can cause irritation, stress and seriously affect cattle productivity. The main months for fly problems are May-August, but due to changing weather patterns the season can change. The most common species that affect cattle productivity are:

  • Non-biting flies – house flies and face flies – these flies do not bite, but they breed easily in manure, quickly forming large numbers which can cause great irritation and transmit diseases. Animals that are distracted by flies will graze less and hence not perform as well.
  • Biting flies – horse flies and stable flies – these flies deliver extremely painful bites, with both males and females feeding on blood. Horn Flies are blood sucking flies and are extremely irritating and can cause production losses.

Find out more about cattle flies and how to treat them.

Products for this parasite:

For further information call Elanco Animal Health on +44 (0)1256 353131, or write to Elanco UK AH Limited, Form 2, Bartley Way, Bartley Wood Business Park, Hook RG27 9XA. Advice should be sought from the medicine prescriber. Combinex, Dectomax, Flypor, Fasinex, Elanco and the diagonal bar logo are trademarks of Elanco or its affiliates. Use medicines responsibly (© 2022 Elanco and its affiliates. PM-UK-21-0631. Date of preparation: July 2022.

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