College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Pasture Walk and Tick Education Series

The University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, Department of Entomology and University of Maryland Extension are hosting a FREE Pasture Walk Series that will be held throughout the state (May-June). The focus of the series will be two-fold: proper pasture management, as well as education concerning the Asian Longhorned Tick and its potential effects on the Maryland Livestock Industry.

 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE WORKSHOP

RegionLocationDate
Southern Maryland – St. Mary’s County

Beavan Farm, 24790 Hurry Rd, Chaptico, MD 20621

Tues, May 21, 2019
Central Maryland – Montgomery CountySunny Ridge Farms, 5925 Damascus Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882Thurs, May 23, 2019
Western Maryland – Washington CountyPiper Farm, 5537 Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg, MD 21782Wed, May 29, 2019
Western Maryland – Allegany CountyRobinette Farm, 25400 Robinette Farm Lane, Flintstone, MD 21530Wed, June 12, 2019
Eastern Shore – Queen Anne’s CountyWye Angus, 2016 Carmichael Rd, Queenstown, MD 21658Tues, June 18, 2019
Northern MD – Baltimore CountyRoseda Black Angus Farm, 15317 Carroll Rd, Monkton, MD 21111Wed, June 26, 2019

 

Agenda

6:00 - 6:15pm Welcome and Introductions

6:15 - 7:00pm The Asian Longhorned Tick - What is it, What to look for and What to do if you find them.

7:00 - 8:30pm Farm Tour and Pasture Walk

TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE WORKSHOP

Longhorned ticks can be found throughout the spring and summer months, and thrive in tall grasses under wet, humid conditions, meaning conditions are ripe for potential infestations.

Adult longhorned ticks are 0.1 inches long and dark brown in color. They commonly attach themselves to the faces, ears, brisket, and groin of cattle, sheep, and goats. Cattle production losses associated with high tick burdens include milk yield losses of up to 25%, 30% reduction in conception rates in breeding cattle, and reduced weight gain in calves. Other economically important risks for cattle production associated with the longhorned tick include hide damage, disease transmission, and death in cases of severe infestation. Theileriosis, babesiosis, erlichiosis, and anaplasmosis are all diseases of cattle that can be transmitted by the longhorned tick.

The best way to protect your cattle from ticks and tick-borne disease is to use an integrative approach to management. Like many other tick species, the longhorned tick spends most of its life off of a host animal on the ground, and it is susceptible to dry conditions. Following proper pasture management reduces suitable habitat for ticks and risk of infestation. This includes clipping pastures and fence lines, and controlling broadleaf weeds.

For more information about this series, please contact Racheal Slattery, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at rslatt@umd.edu or via phone 301-405-1392

This Series is supported by the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, through an endowment from the Jorgensen Family Foundation.

 

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