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Cattle Disease Guide

This comprehensive disease guide provides information on diseases that can affect individual animals or an entire herd. Typical symptoms associated with the disease will help identify the problem, advice for treatment and measures to prevent disease is also available.

Treatments available will vary depending on individual country and state regulations. As always, consult your veterinarian if you are concerned.

To access the disease guide, either select the type of disease by looking at the symptoms in the sections below, or click on the drop down menu in the right hand column to view all diseases.

Respiratory

Respiratory diseases are common and costly to livestock producers. Symptoms include coughing, nasal and eye discharge, rapid shallow breathing and salivation.


Metabolic

Metabolic disorders occur because of nutritional deficiencies. Drop in yields, appetite, weight loss and depression are common symptoms.



OIE Reportable

These diseases are highly contagious and can have a severe economic impact on individual herds and the wider industry. Because of this, they must be reported to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE).

Enteric

Enteric diseases are infections that develop in the intestinal tract and can be caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites. Symptoms include diarrhoea, weight loss and fever.


Neurological

Neurological diseases can be caused by bacteria, viruses or toxic substances. Loss of coordination, isolation from herd, strange behaviour and facial nerve paralysis are all symptoms of neurological disorders.

Reproductive

Reproductive diseases tend to develop gradually and can be difficult to identify until well established in the herd. Symptoms of reproductive diseases include poor fertility rates, abortion, still births, discharge etc.

Youngstock

Find diseases that specifically affect calves or young cattle.




Skin, eyes and feet

Information on infections and/ or diseases that affect skin, eyes and feet can be found here, includes lameness.



Udder

Udder diseases are of particular concern in dairy and breeding herds. Swelling, lesions or sores on the teats are all signs of udder disease.



Zoonoses

These diseases not only affect cattle, but can be passed onto humans and vice versa.




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