Gastrointestinal parasitic infections in cattle farms of Sikkim

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  • PAPRI PAL RA, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim 737102 India
  • L R CHATLOD Scientist, National Research Centre on Meat, Chengicherla, Hyderabad
  • R K AVASTHE Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim 737102 India


Gastrointestinal parasites, Prevalence, Sikkim, Small scale dairy farm


Of the total 303 faecal samples examined, 61 (20.13%) of them were found positive for different parasitic infections with eggs per gram of faeces (EPG) range of 100-700. The incidence was significantly lower in Government cattle farm (11.42%) than that of privately managed farms (22.75%). The most prevalent gastrointestinal helminth parasite eggs detected were strongyles (18.81%), Moniezia (11.22%), Ascaris (8.25%), Strongyloides (6.6%), coccidian oocyst (3.96%), Trichuris spp (2.31%), Nematodirus (1.66%) and amphistome (1.65%) in decreasing order. The prevalence of gastrointestinal parasitic infection was high in July (31.25%) and low in January (8.7%). Intensity of strongyle infection in terms of epg showed no variations when different ages, body conditions, breeds and lactation conditions were compared. The seasonal distribution of gastrointestinal parasitism indicated a higher percentage of infection during summer (29.11%) followed by spring (22.22%) and autumn (19.22%). The infection rate was significantly lower in winter (10.0%).


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PAL, P., CHATLOD, L. R., & AVASTHE, R. K. (2015). Gastrointestinal parasitic infections in cattle farms of Sikkim. The Indian Journal of Animal Sciences, 85(6), 555–558.