BSE is a notifiable disease and any suspicion of the disease on the farm should be reported to the nearest State Veterinary Services office immediately.
A Departmental Veterinary Officer will visit the farm or other premises to examine the animal. If the animal is suspected of having BSE its movements will be . . . → Read More: Detection and Treatment of BSE in Dairy Cattle
Cause of disease and clinical signs
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), was first recognised as a separate disease entity in the UK in 1986.
The disease agent, a prion, is believed to be a . . . → Read More: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (Copper Deficency )in Dairy Cattle
High potassium and protein levels, both of which contribute to magnesium deficiency, are less common under organic management systems.
Organic farming also promotes the inclusion of legumes in the pasture, which contain a higher level of magnesium than does grass. Therefore, magnesium deficiency may be less likely to be a problem under organic . . . → Read More: Methods of Control and Prevention of Magnesium Deficency in Dairy Cows
Polioencephalomalacia or cerebrocortical necrosis (CCN) is a common neurological disease It is an acute disease of ruminants, characterised by dullness, head pressing, blindness, opisthotonos, nystagmus and paddling movements of the limbs. Convulsions and death soon follow. Pathologically, it is characterised by brain swelling and laminar necrosis of the cerebral cortex, resulting . . . → Read More: Cerebrocortical Necrosis (CCN) in Dairy Cattle
Cattle need a continuous supply of magnesium primarily to facilitate numerous energy-generating reactions in their tissues and for the orderly transmission of nerve pulses.
The kidneys maintain magnesium homeostasis, and a renal threshold exists below which magnesium excretion is sharply reduced. Cattle rely on absorption of magnesium from the rumen to . . . → Read More: Magnesium Deficiency in Dairy Cattle
Curing Cows with Ketosis
Methods of Treatment
Once the diagnosis of displaced abomasum has been established, it is important to treat it as early as . . . → Read More: The Treatment and Welfare of Abomasal Displacement in Dairy Cattle