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If cattle seem to be scratching excessively against trees, posts, and feeders, to the point of rubbing off large patches of hair or creating raw sores, lice may be the reason. The species of biting and sucking lice that infest cattle are most numerous and active during the winter and can spread easily through the herd as cattle bunch in response to cold temperatures. Confirm that lice are the reason for the scratching by examining some animals in the herd. Part the animal’s hair in spots where lice are likely to occur and look for lice eggs (nits) attached to hairs.&
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