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Animal Care Articles

Goats

Information on disease treatment and prevention in goats.

A Guide to Drought Feeding of Goats
Drought is a feature of the Australian farming landscape. This guide summarises the main nutritional issues that goat producers need to manage during drought.

Arthrogryposis in Calves

Arthrogryposis (joints fixed in abnormal positions) is a birth defect seen in cattle and sheep. Causes include viral infections of the dam as well as inherited defects.

Black disease is an acute, highly fatal disease of sheep, goats and cattle. Black disease is usually associated with a liver fluke infestation.

Botulism in Livestock

Botulism is a bacterial disease that can affect cattle, sheep, pigs, horses goats and poultry. It has no effective treatment so vaccination is the best preventative.

Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis
Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), commonly known as 'big knee', is caused by a lentivirus or 'slow' virus associated with nervous disorder (encephalomyelitis) in kids and slowly-developing disease syndromes in older goats.

Cattle Tick

The cattle tick is the most serious external parasite of cattle in Australia. It is widespread in many areas of the Northern Territory, Queensland and a small area of northeast NSW. 

Clostridial Diseases of Sheep and Cattle

Blackleg, pulpy kidney (enterotoxaemia), black disease, tetanus, and malignant oedema are common causes of death in unvaccinated sheep and cattle. Other animals, particularly goats, are also susceptible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Liver Fluke

Liver fluke is an internal parasite that can infect and damage the livers and reduce the overall productivity of sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, goats, alpacas and deer.

Managing Animals During Hot Weather

Extreme heat causes significant stress for all animals. Here are some guidelines to help reduce the impacts of heat stress.

Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) is a bacterial disease caused by the ingestion of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis from infected pastures and waterways. Fortunately, a vaccine is available to control OJD.

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