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

District Veterinarian Conference, April 2017



Disease control to improve sheep carcase and carcase parts yield
Written by: Kate Wingett, Margaret Allman-Farinelli and Robyn Alders, University of Sydney
The ABS only publish data on livestock products that are passed for human consumption, leaving an undetermined but significant quantity of nutrient-dense, energy-dense sheep meat and offal condemned in processing or used as animal feed ... Read More

Weaner sheep colitis of uncertain aetiology: a case study
Written by: Scott Ison, Murray Local Land Services, Deniliquin, Erika Bunker, NSW State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Menangle and Jim Walsh, Coopers Animal Health, Bendigo
This case report describes an investigation of seasonal weaner colitis in a self-replacing fine wool merino flock with an apparent failure of, or resistance to, antibiotic treatment ... Read More


Bovine viral diarrhoea virus – potential for control and eradication in Australia
Written by: Kate Sawford, Braidwood, South East Local Land Services and Genevieve Hannaford, Charles Sturt University
Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is the most prevalent infectious disease of cattle worldwide. In Australia, BVDV is endemic throughout the cattle population with greater than 80% of herds surveyed showing some level of exposure to the pathogen ... Read more

Cysticercus bovis: background to the NSW program and review of cases
Written by: Graham Bailey, Cattle Health Coordinator, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Orange
The metacestodes (or larval cestodes) of Taenia secies tapeworms are the cause of cysticercosis in various farmed and wild animals and in humans ... Read more


Bat brains, biosecurity, and beyond
Written by: P Shearer,1, H Bender,2, and M Gabor1
1Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Menangle NSW
2Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Geelong, VIC

Bats are a natural host and vector of many zoonotic diseases, including the enzootic Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) and Hendra virus, and the exotic Nipah, Ebola, Melaka, and Marburg viruses ... Read more

Written by: Kate Wingett, NSW DPI, Orange
Tularaemia is a zoonotic disease caused by Francisella tularensis, is an OIE-listed disease and is currently an emergency animal disease in NSW and Australia ... Read more