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Cattle owners warned of Flood Mud Scours

Intestines from cow with YersiniosisNorth Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarians have issued a reminder about the importance of monitoring cattle for Yersiniosis or Flood Mud Scours.  With floods in recent weeks in parts of the North Coast, cattle producers are warned to watch for this condition as it has the potential to cause significant losses in beef and dairy herds.

Yersiniosis is a scouring condition usually seen in cattle grazing low lying or poorly drained pastures. It can also be seen on any country when hay around self-feeders is walked into the mud. The condition is commonly seen after flooding (hence the name) and most cases are seen in winter.

Phil Kemsley, District Veterinarian for North Coast Local Land Services said “Flood Mud Scours is seen during the winter months, particularly after rain when mud is about and these conditions allow the soil born bacteria to proliferate and cause the disease.

“The recent widespread floods and cold weather are typical triggers for Flood Mud Scour outbreaks.”

Flood Mud Scours causes fever, watery diarrhoea and profound weight loss, typically in adult cattle. Some cattle are just found dead.

Cattle producers should watch for these signs and contact their veterinarian immediately.

Antibiotics used early in the course of the disease are effective. The key to controlling this disease is identifying it early, treating and moving the cattle to drier paddocks. But he admits that with the recent widespread heavy rain on the North Coast, finding dry paddocks could be a challenge.

For more information contact your veterinarian or North Coast Local Land Services.

Media contact:

Phil Kemsley  Phone 0427 896 822

Photo caption:

Changes of the lower bowel with Yersiniosis