March 5, 2013
Cattle producers are invited to attend a Victorian Farmers Federation workshop in Benalla on how to protect their herds against Leptospirosis and Theileriosis. Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that causes reproductive losses in cattle. The disease can also be transmitted to humans causing flu-like symptoms, 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,” Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Project Officer Jacinta Pretty said. “Over 50 producers attended the same workshop in West Gippsland recently and although Leptospirosis is not a new disease, producers found there is still more to learn.” Theileriosis is a tick-borne disease and is of significant concern to producers, as it can cut herd productivity and even kill cattle. As there is currently no specific treatment available for Theileriosis, Ms Pretty said early detection of the disease was the best means of reducing stock losses. “The aim of this workshop is to reiterate what the diseases are, how to diagnose them and also explore management strategies,” Ms Pretty said. Guest presenters will include Dr Neil Charman from Zoetis Animal Health and Dr John Ryan, DPI Regional Veterinary Officer. The workshop will be presented by the Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group. The workshop will run from 9.00am – 12.00pm on Thursday, 4 April. The workshop is free for VFF members and $10 for non-members, including morning tea.