Quick Facts: Bovine Pinkeye

Pinkeye in cattle, also called infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, is a highly common and highly contagious disease of cattle seen in the summer months at the height of fly season. The causative agent of pinkeye is the gram negative rod shaped bacteria, Moraxella bovis and its seven different serogroups. Moraxella is carried and transmitted by the common face fly and horn fly. Other factors that predispose cattle to getting pinkeye besides increased exposure flies are:  exposure to UV radiation, lack of pigmentation around the eyelids (bald faced cattle), trace mineral deficiencies and a dry, dusty environment. Clinical Signs Pinkeye is...

Biosecurity on the Beef Operation

You’ve probably heard the buzzword biosecurity before, but perhaps not known exactly how it would apply to you. True, biosecurity tends to assignment help be more important on poultry or swine operations with the risk of zoonotic diseases and increased population density in a confined area. However, biosecurity doesn’t only mean shower-in-shower-out and plastic booties.  So what exactly DOES it mean?   A biosecurity definition can become quite complicated depending on who you are asking. Simply put, it encompasses 3 basic principles: Taking precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to disease, Preventing the introduction of...

The Evils of Navel Ill & Other Lowlights of t...

Written by: Debra Murphy July 25, 2013, RealAgriculture The 2013 calving season was, to say the least, awful on our farm. Ugh, I still shudder at the thought of it. If you were anything like me, you were confused. The lack of sleep and surplus of snow certainly didn’t help. Why is this calf sick? What are these signs and symptoms indicative of? What do I do to treat it? How many calves can I fit in the tractor at once? How many can I fit in the basement? Is it possible to bring the whole herd indoors? Then…Where is the nearest auction mart? And when is the next flight to Hawaii? In fact, I received numerous different answers to the...