With dogs and cats it is commonly known – the mange. But cattle can also be infested with mange. It is caused by mites that gouge their way into the skin and carry on digging courses in there. In the courses they lay their eggs and torture the infested animals with intense itching. With hard infestation the well-being of the cattle can be so much impaired that the milk yield of the cows is reduced and the beef cattle show less weight gains than usual.
The skin is sustainable damaged through mange mites and also other kinds of mites. Lacerations can be the consequence of the mite infestation. On the leather the flat mined courses are visible as differences in color to the surrounding parts of skin.