Information on disease treatment and prevention in sheep.
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 has been recognised in Australia for over 150 years as a cause of sudden death in farm animals, particularly sheep and cattle.
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.
Barber’s Pole worm is considered a significant internal parasite of sheep and goats worldwide.
While some diseases can be windborne and their entry cannot be totally prevented, having a well planned biosecurity strategy will help prevent the major production limiting diseases entering your farm.
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.
Drench resistance is widespread in Australia and is a major threat to our livestock industries.
Facial eczema is a type of sunburn (photosensitisation) affecting exposed areas of pale skin of sheep and cattle. It is caused by a poisonous substance called 'sporidesmin', which is produced on pasture plants by a fungus.
During a drought, the risk increases of losing valuable soil as ground cover is reduced. Once cover is reduced below about 30%, wind will start to blow soil particles away, causing erosion and loss of valuable nutrients and topsoil.
Heavy rainfall and floods during the warm summer months can increase the risk of flystrike, a major sheep welfare problem that growers must actively work to control.
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