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Articles on large animal and livestock health and disease.

A Guide to Drought Feeding of Goats
Drought is a feature of the Australian farming landscape. This guide summarises the main nutritional issues that goat producers need to manage during drought.

Acetonaemia (Ketosis) of Dairy Cows

A very distinct problem for dairy cows is the disease of ketosis (or acetonaemia). The occurrence of this disease in dairy cows is related to an increased demand for glucose by the animal.

Animal Health in a Drought

Drought calls for hard economic decisions to be made, particularly on the fate of stock. Stock owners should obtain all available information to make the best decisions.

Anthrax in Animals
Anthrax has been recognised in Australia for over 150 years as a cause of sudden death in farm animals, particularly sheep and cattle.

Arthrogryposis in Calves

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.

Barber's Pole Worm In Sheep

Barber’s Pole worm is considered a significant internal parasite of sheep and goats worldwide.

Alpacas are suscpetible to similar diseases as sheep and cattle.

While some diseases can be windborne and their entry cannot be totally prevented, having a well planned biosecurity strategy will help prevent the major production limiting diseases entering your farm.

Black Disease

Black disease is an acute, highly fatal disease of sheep, goats and cattle. Black disease is usually associated with a liver fluke infestation.

Black disease is an acute, highly fatal disease of sheep, goats and cattle. Black disease is usually associated with a liver fluke infestation.

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