Rumen fluke in cattle: Future research perspectives

Grazing cattle

Rumen fluke in cattle: Future research perspectives

Take home messages:

  • There is often no clinical sign of rumen fluke, but if calves grazing waterlogged pasture show signs of severe diarrhoea, rumen fluke diagnosis should be considered
  • Rumen fluke infections are often seen as co-infections with liver fluke, as they have a similar lifecycle.

Rumen fluke infections have been identified in cattle since the 1950’s, yet in the past decade more attention has been given to their presence due to increases in reports of cases in ruminant livestock, especially cattle. 

How can dry cow therapy reduce the need for antibiotics on farms?

How can dry cow therapy reduce the need for antibiotics on farms?

Take home messages:

- Selective dry cow therapy is straightforward to implement on farm and will reduce antibiotics use. If you have a high incidence rate of mastitis in your herd, veterinary advice should be sought.

- Teat sealants are a useful tool to reduce the likelihood of quarters which are healthy at dry-off becoming infected in the dry period, and should reduce your mastitis rate in the next lactation without having to use antibiotics

Using dairy cow behaviour for early detection of disease

Housed dairy cattle feeding in shed

Using dairy cow behaviour for early detection of disease

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