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

2019 Autumn edition of case studies

Sheep

Lupinosis (Phomopsin) affected cereal hay kills sheep
Written by: Ellen Arney, Finniss and Jeremy Rogers, Senior Veterinary Officer, Murray Bridge
In this case a stubble paddock that had been suspected of being affected with lupinosis (phomopsin) was not grazed, but was oversown with a cereal crop that was subsequently cut for hay ... Read More

The garden plant, African Daisy, (Dimorphotheca / Osteospermum) causing cyanide poisoning in merino wethers
Written by: Bruce Watt, Central Tablelands LLS, Bathurst, Seanna McCune, National Herbarium of NSW, Sydney and Erika Bunker, State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Menangle
The perennial garden plant African Daisy or Cape Daisy is known to contain cyanogenetic glycosides, with the greatest amount in green leaves ... Read More

Cattle

A pilot trial investigating anthelmintic efficacy in cattle in Central West NSW
Written by: Lucy Wonders, Veterinary Student, Charles Sturt University Wagga and Jillian Kelly, District Veterinarian, Central West LLS Coonamble
Anthelmintic resistance in cattle has been increasing over the past 10 years and resistance to commonly used drenches has been reported in the USA, Europe, South America and Australia ... Read More

Bovine mastitis and concurrent pneumonia caused by Mannheimia haemolytica
Written by: Eliz Braddon, DV, Young LLS
A mob of travelling stock suffered four deaths in a period of two weeks from mastitis on a TSR near Monteagle NSW ... Read More

Other

Feral pigs, pig hunters, pig dogs and vets (in NSW)
Written by: Rod Reece, Veterinary Pathologist, NSW DPI, State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, EMAI, Menangle
The most significant zoonotic disease of feral pigs in NSW is brucellosis due to Brucella suis. This is significant human pathogen (zoonotic) and also readily infects other species such as dogs ... Read More

Parasites and free-range poultry: cause, effect and treatment
Written by: Rod Reece, Veterinary Pathologist, NSW DPI, State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, EMAI, Menangle
With the encouragement of non-caged systems, especially free-range poultry production, there has been a concomitant rise in the prevalence, incidence, and significance of internal parasites ... Read More