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Pestivirus workshop for northeast cattle producers

Northeast cattle producers are invited to attend a workshop on how to protect against herd losses from Pestivirus. Pestivirus, a disease spread through cattle contact, can cause early abortion, temporary infertility and ill-thrift, as well as decreased milk production. Symptoms can sometimes include diarrhoea, lethargy, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis or a cough. The disease is widespread in Australia, with approximately 90 per cent of herds affected at some point. Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock project officer Zoe Moroz says Pestivirus can be controlled in the herd providing a suitable management plan is in place. “The workshop will cover what the disease is, how to diagnose it, how to vaccinate against it and other strategies to manage Pestivirus in cattle,” Ms Moroz said. “Our goal is to help cattle producers understand their options so they can make suitable management decisions and avoid unnecessary losses in their herd.” Guest presenters will include Dr John Webb-Ware from Melbourne University’s MacKinnon Project and Dr Neil Charman from Pfizer Animal Health. The half-day workshop will be presented by the VFF’s Livestock Group, with the support of Walwa Veterinary Practice. The workshop will run from 9.00am – 1.00pm on Tuesday, 12 February. The cost is $10 for VFF members and $20 for non-members, with lunch included following the workshop. Please RSVP to Zoe Moroz by Tuesday, 5 February on (03) 9207 5521 or email zmoroz@vff.org.au Further information about Pestivirus can be found on the VFF Livestock Information and Resources page: http://vff.org.au/policy_issues/pestivirus.php

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