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Leptospirosis and Theileriosis workshop for West Gippsland producers

West Gippsland cattle producers are invited to attend a workshop on how to protect against herd losses from Leptospirosis and Theileriosis. Leptospirosis, an infectious disease that causes reproductive losses in cattle, can be transmitted to humans, which poses risks to those working with infected livestock. “The best way to control Leptospirosis in both beef and dairy herds is to have an effective vaccination program in place and biosecurity practices enforced,” VFF Livestock manager Charlotte Fox said. Theileriosis, a tick-borne disease, is also of significant concern to producers, as it can cause sudden death in cattle. As there is currently no specific treatment available for Theileriosis, Ms Fox said early detection of the disease is the best chance to reduce stock losses. “Recent spread of Theileriosis in the West Gippsland region has highlighted a need for producers to understand the nature of the disease,” Ms Fox said. “The aim of this workshop is to reiterate what the diseases are, how to diagnose them and also explore management strategies,” Ms Fox said. Guest presenters will include Dr Neil Charman from Pfizer Animal Health and Dr Grant Nielsen from West Gippsland Veterinary Clinic. The workshop will be presented by the Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group, with the support of SEJ Livestock Warragul. The workshop will run from 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Thursday, 28 February. The cost is $15 for VFF members and $25 for non-members, including dinner. Please RSVP to Jacinta Pretty by Thursday, 21 February on (03) 9207 5545 or email jpretty@vff.org.au

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