Prevalence of Tick Infestation in Bovine in Gozamine Woreda NorthWeast, of Ethiopia

Tadele Laikun


A cross sectional study was conducted from April 2016 to June 2016 in Gozamin district to determine the prevalence of tick infestation in bovine. Ticks were identified by their features by stereomicroscope. in current study adult ticks were collected from 384 local and cross breed  cattle and examined of which 274 971.35%0 animal were infested by with different genera of tics. The major tick genera identified by this study were Amblypomma, Hyaloma and Boophilus with prevalence of 189(49.2%), 103(26.6%), 78(20.3%), and 58(15.1%) respectively. The prevalence of Amblypomma and Boophilus in young bovine were 61(43.9%) and 23(16.5%) respectively. the prevalence of Amblyomma and Boophilus in adult cattle were 128(52.2%) and 35 (14.3%) respectively. There was statically significance (p<0.05) in age.  Similarly the prevalence of Amblyomma in male and female was 134(57.8%) and 55(36.2%) respectively but prevalence of Boophilus was40 (17.2%) and 18(11.8%) respectively there Was statically difference on sex (p<0.05).the prevalence of Amblyomma in extensive and semi intensive production system was 173(57.9%) and 1618.8%) whereas the prevalence of Boophilus was 49(16.4%) and 9(10.6%). The prevalence of the same genera in poor medium and good body condition were78 (61.7%) 39(29.3%) and 24(19%). The result of the present study reveal that there was high tick infestation in the study area. Therefore appropriate control measure should de implemented.

Keyword: bovine, Gozamin, prevalence, tick

DOI: 10.7176/JNSR/9-11-03

Publication date:June 30th 2019

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