Mites and Mange of Livestock

Mange or scabies in livestock is a skin condition caused by microscopic mites in or on the skin. The mites cause intense itching and discomfort which is associated with decreased feed intake and production. Scratching and rubbing results in extensive damage to hides and fleece.

Mites are able to cause mange on different species of livestock but are somewhat host specific, thus infecting some species more severely than others.

The three most important types of mange are:

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Mange around the head of a calf

Mange causes extensive damage to hides and fleece due to intense itching.