Tetanus – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

What is it? Tetanus is a bacterial disease caused by the toxin produced by Clostridium tetani. Tetanus occurs when C.tetani are present in damaged body tissue with lowered oxygenation. Puncture wounds such as nail pricks in horses’ feet, penetrating splinters of wood, and calf marking wounds provide very good conditions for tetanus to develop.Tetanus can […]

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Pulpy Kidney – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

What is it? Enterotoxaemia or pulpy kidney is a common and fatal disease of sheep and cattle. It is caused by the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium perfringens (Type-D) when it is absorbed from the intestinal tract. The bacteria that cause enterotoxaemia normally exist in small numbers in the gut of healthy animals. The disease […]

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Malignant oedema – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

What is it? Malignant oedema is a severe, rapidly fatal wound infection in grazing animals most commonly in sheep but also cattle and goats. It is caused by toxins produced by several types of clostridial organisms that normally live in the soil but can infect wounds. Contamination of wounds by the bacteria leads to inflammation […]

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Blackleg Disease – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

What is Blackleg? Blackleg is a generally fatal bacterial disease of young cattle or sheep of any age. The disease is seen as acute, localised inflammation of muscle tissue due to the growth of the blackleg organism. This is followed by generalised toxaemia or poisoning of the animal causing rapid death. What causes Blackleg? Blackleg […]

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Black Disease – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

What is it? Black disease is an acute, highly fatal disease of sheep, goats and cattle and is usually associated with a liver fluke infestation. Black disease (also called Infectious Necrotic Hepatitis) is caused by the bacterium Clostridium novyi. The organism produces toxins in the liver usually following damage to the liver by migrating liver […]

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The iSperm is changing the way we assess bull sperm.

The iSperm device, despite its eyebrow raising name, is a fantastic piece of technology that alows us to analyse bull sperm counts and motility without a microscope. The iSperm provides a rapid, repeatable and objective assesment of semen quality that doesn’t require the judgement of the vet looking down the microscope. As Dr Howlett demonstrates […]

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Vaccination Profile – Ultravac® 7in1

What is it? Ultravac® 7in1 vaccine is used to prevent leptospirosis and the major clostridial diseases in cattle. What’re the key benefits? Ultravac® 7in1 is used to prevent the common types of leptospirosis which affect cattle (and can also be transmitted from cattle to people) as well as prevent the major life-threatening clostridial diseases that […]

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Vibriosis – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

Vibriosis can significantly reduce herd fertility and reproductive performance without distinctive or obvious signs. Vibriosis is a venereal disease of cattle caused by a bacterial infection with Campylobacter fetus. It is widespread throughout Australian cattle herds and is regarded as a very common cause of infertility and sporadic abortion in northern Australia. Vibriosis is spread […]

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Bovine Ephemeral Fever (3-day sickness) – Preventable Diseases of Cattle

What is it? Bovine ephemeral fever (BEF), commonly known as three-day sickness, is a disease of cattle and occasionally buffaloes, marked by short fever, shivering, lameness and muscular stiffness. Caused by an insect-borne virus, the disease is widespread in northern Australia. It causes serious economic losses through deaths, loss of condition, decreased milk production, lowered […]

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