Recent reports seem to indicate that the use of certain anthelmintics in cattle may cause adverse effects on non-target faunal inhabi-tants of cow pats, thus interferring with the normal degradation and recycling of dung deposited on pasture (Anderson et al. 1984, Lumaret 1986, Wall & Strong 1987). The present communication presents some data from a microcosm experiment on the pos-sible effects of some commonly used anthel-mintics on the rate of cow dung decomposition.
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Trollesminde State Farm, Hillerod, is thanked for the access to treatment of their livestock.
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Maasen, M., Gronvold, J., Nansen, P. et al. Effects of Treatment of Cattle with some Anthelmintics on the Subsequent Degradation of their Dung. Acta Vet Scand 29, 515–517 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1186/BF03548652