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Dairy Cattle

Information on disease treatment and prevention in dairy cattle.

Acetonaemia (Ketosis) of Dairy Cows

A very distinct problem for dairy cows is the disease of ketosis (or acetonaemia). The occurrence of this disease in dairy cows is related to an increased demand for glucose by the animal.

Animal Health in a Drought

Drought calls for hard economic decisions to be made, particularly on the fate of stock. Stock owners should obtain all available information to make the best decisions.

Anthrax in Animals
Anthrax has been recognised in Australia for over 150 years as a cause of sudden death in farm animals, particularly sheep and cattle.

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

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

Blackleg

Blackleg is a generally fatal bacterial disease of young cattle or sheep of any age.

Bloat is a seasonal problem in both dairy and beef cattle. The condition is usually precipitated by the rapid consumption of lush legume pasture species in spring.

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.

Bovine Ephemeral Fever (BEF)

Bovine Ephemeral Fever (BEF) is a viral disease of cattle and buffalo. Typically, affected animals are only sick for a few days, hence the alternative name - Three Day Sickness.

Bovine Johne's Disease

Bovine Johne's Disease (BJD) is a fatal wasting disease of cattle, goats, alpaca and deer. Bovine Johne’s disease is Far more common in dairy herds than in beef herds.

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