Pinkeye in Cattle

pinkeyePinkeye is a highly infectious bacterial disease affecting the eyes of cattle. The disease has a significant impact on the financial health of the cattle-owner. Face flies are the chief agents of this disease which transmit the microbes causing the disease from one animal to another. If proper treatment is not taken, then pinkeye can even lead to blindness. The disease affects young calves more than adult cows or bulls.

 

Common Symptoms

  • Heavy watery eye discharge
  • Affected animals dislike sunlight
  • Cattle show signs of irritation and blink excessively
  • Reddening and enlargement of the eyelids, including the third eyelid
  • Cattle with pinkeye keep the affected eye or eyes closed
  • Cattle lose weight because they do not want to feed

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Winter weather & cost to care for cattle

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Farmers don’t worry about cold temperatures, but wet wintry conditions can harm their cattle and their wallets. The winter blast is giving more than just drivers a headache on the roads. It’s burning a hole in ranchers’ wallets who are caring for cattle.

“This is an unusual year,” cattle farmer Doug Dawkins said. “It’s been a whole lot muddier. We’ve had a lot of rain and snow, and it’s created a problem from that standpoint.”

All of this mud, caused by the on-and-off falling of packing snow, is making it very hard on farmers trying to haul their cattle to market.

“It’s a domino effect,” Dawkins said. “Not only has it affected the producers, it’s affected the livestock market as well.” Read more…

Advice on how to prevent cattle lameness

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Cattle lameness is an issue with both dairy and beef cattle. Dr. Heather Schlesser, the Marathon County Dairy Agent, stopped by NewsChannel 7 at Noon Friday with some advice on how to prevent it.

 

1. Keep the hooves trimmed and in good condition, especially if they are living on concrete.

2. Groove the concrete to provide more traction than a smooth surface.

3. Keep flooring clean.

4. Have adequate ventilation to keep things dry and alleviate heat stress in the summer.

5. Utilize a foot bath.

6. Develop a monitoring program for your cattle. The sooner you can identify the lameness problems, the sooner they can be tested.

7. Lastly, provide the cattle with a clean, comfortable place to rest. Stalls should be designed for the largest animal in the herd.

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