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Case notes on veterinary investigations in sheep, cattle and other species

2015-16 Summer edition of case studies

Sheep

A case of colloid goitre in a second cross lamb
Written by: Effie Lee, State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, EMAI, Menangle and Bruce Watt, Central Tablelands LLS, Bathurst
A sheep producer from a property about 30 km south west of Bathurst found a single second cross lamb with a massive swelling of the ventral neck. The lamb survived for two days but then died ... Read More

Acidosis in dorper ewes on pasture
Written by: Judy Ellem and Heidi Austin, North West LLS, Tamworth and Kate New-Tolley Veterinary Student, Charles Sturt University
In North West NSW in late April and early May 2015, three cases of lactic acidosis and one suspected case were seen in Dorper ewes on pasture with no history of grain feeding ... Read More

Cattle

A case of blue-green algae poisoning in cattle
Written by: Ted Irwin District Veterinarian, North West Local Land Services, Warialda
Blue-green algal build up in farm dams and other low-flowing wet areas is not uncommon and can cause significant losses ... Read More

A suspected case of Datura ferox (‘fierce thornapple’) toxicity in cattle
Written by: Nigel Gillan, District Veterinarian, Mudgee
There are six species of Datura naturalised in Australia; all are potentially poisonous, containing a range of tropane alkaloids including scopolamine, hyoscyamine, and atropine ... Read More