Information on disease treatment and prevention in sheep.
Grass seeds affect cattle and dogs, but are a particular problem in sheep. The seeds ruin fleeces and skin, cause eye and ear problems and can even penetrate muscle.
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.
Botulism is a bacterial disease that can affect cattle, sheep, pigs, horses goats and poultry. It has no effective treatment so vaccination is the best preventative.
Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) is a bacterial disease caused by the ingestion of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis from infected pastures and waterways. Fortunately, a vaccine is available to control OJD.
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.
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.
Heliotropium europaeum, often referred to as potato weed, blue weed, or common or wild heliotrope, is a potential source of poisoning that affects wheat/sheep areas more than pastoral areas.
Barber’s Pole worm is considered a significant internal parasite of sheep and goats worldwide.
Orphan lambs may arise after the death of the ewe or due to abandonment or rejection, especially by first time or maiden ewes and those with multiple lambs. Raising orphan or poddy lambs by hand is a lot of hard work, but the results are well worth it.
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