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Diseases and pests in cattle

Animal diseases are a serious drain on cattle profits and productivity. Yet the number and percentage of individual herds infected with one disease or another is still unacceptably high. These modules provide guidance on identifying the diseases and symptoms of some of the most debilitating diseases in cattle – and how to avoid them.

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Clostridia in cattle


by Charlie Lambert (Lambert Leonard and May)  Course Diseases and pests in cattle

Clostridia is a silent and sudden killer. Charlie Lambert of Cheshire-based vets Lambert Leonard and May, and director of XLVets explains a major cause of sudden death.


Effective worm control


by Professor Jacqueline B Matthews BVMS PhD MRCVS (Moredun Research Institute)  Course Diseases and pests in cattle,Spring turnout management

Worms are becoming increasingly difficult to control in cattle, with drug resistance posing considerable challenges. But simple management changes can cut costs and reduce the risk of resistance in the future. Jacqui Matthews, Moredun Research Institute, explains.


Flukes and worms


by Professor Mike Taylor   Course Diseases and pests in cattle

Adopting a more strategic approach to worm and fluke control can considerably reduce the damage intestinal parasites can cause to both cows' health and farm profitability. Professor Mike Taylor, vet consultant at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) considers life cycles and suitable control.


Lice in cattle


by Colin Mason (SAC)  Course Diseases and pests in cattle

Lice may well be lurking within the thickening coats of your cattle, writes Colin Mason, veterinary centre manager at SAC.