Coccidiosis in Cattle

Larry Morehead

Larry Morehead

Coccidiosis in cattle is one of the five most economically important diseases of the cattle industry. It is estimated to cost the industry $100 million or more annually.

Coccidiosis in cattle usually shows up as acute diarrhea with or without blood, straining, severe weight loss, and not uncommonly as a neurologic form that usually results in death of the animal.

The stress from this disease can result in secondary disease that further jeopardizes the health of the animal. Coccidiosis is primarily a disease of young animals. It occurs commonly in overcrowded conditions, but can occur in free-range conditions that have congregating areas such as feed grounds and watering areas.

Coccidiosis is transmitted from animal to animal by the fecal-oral route. Infected fecal material contaminating feed, water or soil serves as a carrier of the oocyte. Therefore, the susceptible animal contracts the disease by eating and drinking, or licking themselves. The more oocytes ingested, the more severe the disease.

Preventive measures for coccidiosis include treatments with rumensin, bovatec, deccox and corid. These drugs should be used at label recommendations.

For more information, feel free to contact your local United Farmers Cooperative representative and we will help set up a preventive program today!