Original Research

Seasonal abundance of ticks associated with indigenous goats on a northern Transvaal farm

Y. Rechav, C. De Jager
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 1 | a1563 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v62i1.1563 | © 2020 Y. Rechav, C. De Jager | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 August 2017 | Published: 30 March 1991

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Y. Rechav, Department of Biology, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa
C. De Jager, Department of Biology, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

The 3 most abundant tick species on indigenous goats on a northern Transvaal farm were found to be Rhipicephalus evertsi evertsi, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus and Amblyomma hebraeum. Three other tick species were present in small numbers. The economical and ecological importance of the ticks found on the goats, mainly in rural areas where chemical control of ticks is practically non-existant, is discussed. The high number of goats in the study area and the shift towards alternative methods of tick control, such as the use of resistant hosts, are important factors in the livestock industry of southern Africa.

Keywords

Ticks; indigenous goats; northern Transvaal; seasonal control

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