Agricultural History Series
Missouri State University
Missouri Beef History

Tick Fever


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An excellent resource on the effects of Tick Fever on cattle is Diseases in Cattle published in 1912. It provides an indepth look to just how tormenting these ticks were to Missouri's beef cattle industry. For a better view of colored pictures just click on the pictures below.

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Fig.1. A cross-section that shows the difference between a contaminated and uncontaminated spleen.

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Fig.2. A urine sample taken from a fatal case of Texas Fever.

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Fig.3. The life cycle of the Cattle Tick (Margaropus Annulatus)

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Fig.4. Appearance of the tick.

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Fig.5. A portion of a steer's hide infested with the Texas-Fever Tick.




This page was prepared by Jason Phillips and Doug Pascoe.

For more information, contact Lyndon N. Irwin