Livestock producers in the Hawker/Cradock and Flinders Ranges region are being advised that pulpy kidney (enterotaxaemia) may be contributing to recent livestock deaths in the area and they should vaccinate as soon as possible.
Chief Veterinary Officer Roger Paskin said pulpy kidney is a disease caused by bacteria in the Clostridium perfringens group.
“It is known to cause sudden deaths in sheep and cattle,” he said. “Animals that do not die suddenly may show signs of abnormal behaviour due to brain damage.
“The disease is often seen in animals in good condition on a high plane of nutrition. Current conditions in the northern parts of the state which have seen good rains and the emergence of lush pastures will favour the development of this disease.
“This disease can occur in other normally drier parts of the state following wetter than normal seasons.
“Vaccines are available for this disease and producers are advised to vaccinate as soon as possible.
“Achieving an effective level of immunity requires two doses of vaccine approximately a month apart with annual boosters thereafter.”
PIRSA Biosecurity SA advises livestock producers to contact their local veterinarian or stock remedy supplier in order to make the necessary purchases.
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.