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Animal health threats continue with wet weather

Friday 16 December 2016

Livestock producers are being advised by PIRSA to review standard endemic disease management procedures on their properties.


Ongoing wet conditions have resulted in an increase in animal health issues, often beyond the normal locations where these diseases are seen.

In both cattle and sheep, producers should be reviewing their worm management program (drenching) and consider the need for fecal egg counts to be performed.

Producers should also review their vaccination program for clostridial diseases such as pulpy kidney in sheep and cattle. While sheep are known to be commonly affected by these diseases, PIRSA has seen an increased number of cases among cattle this year with stock often not vaccinated.

Other conditions of concern include footrot, fly strike, grass seeds and redgut in sheep. Plant toxicities, photosentisation and mineral or trace element deficiencies could also cause problems.

Discuss what animal health issues are likely to occur in your area with your Vet, local Animal Health Advisor or livestock consultant and work out a plan of action now. Prevention is better than cure.

If you see any unusual signs in your flock or herd, contact the Emergency Animal Disease hotline 1800 675 888 immediately.

Quotes attributable to Chief Veterinary Officer, Roger Paskin

The good news is that many of these are preventable or treatable. I encourage you to discuss animal health issues with your Vet, local Animal Health Advisor or livestock consultant which will assist you in devising a preventative plan of action.

Good on-farm biosecurity is also the first line of defence in protecting the state’s $5.5 billion livestock industry from the threat of invasive pests and diseases. Animal health issues can also impact on business productivity through stock losses condemnation, downgrading and trimming at the abattoir floor.

So simple steps such as good hygiene, vaccinations, monitoring for signs of ill health and seeking professional advice, really do help to contain animal health problems.

Background

PIRSA delivers many animal health programs that aim to keep South Australian livestock disease free. PIRSA’s Enhanced Disease Surveillance Program can subsidise investigations performed by participating private veterinarians. Fore more information about the program visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/animal_health.

For enquiries on livestock diseases, contact your local veterinarian or PIRSA Animal Health Officer. To report any suspicions of exotic disease contact your nearest PIRSA office or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline – 1800 675 888.

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