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Diseases to look out for at calving season

Diseases to look out for at calving season

While it is stressful enough trying to get calves on the ground during calving season, that is not the end of the job for the cattleman.

Calves are born with an underdeveloped immune system which makes them prone to infections and diseases older animals wouldn’t be.

While the Moocall calving sensor is useful for stopping calf mortality during the calving event, it is also useful afterwards when immediate intervention is necessary to stop the calf contracting a deadly disease.

Here are just a few things you should be looking out for:

A guide to liver fluke

A guide to liver fluke

A liver fluke is a parasitic worm that commonly live off of cattle, sheep and other livestock.

Cattle can pick them up while out at pasture, and if not treated can drastically affect their performance, and cause liver damage.

The disease they cause is called fasciolosis. Cattle typically develop chronic disease and classically show loss of weight, condition and become anaemic.