Livestock: Vaccinate to eradicate disease
Farmers are looking forward to a prosperous spring and summer season. With good rainfall comes an increase in insect and tick populations. Midges, mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks transmit diseases and farmers should vaccinate their animals against these diseases.
Examples of these diseases are:
Insect transmitted diseases: Blue tongue, Rift Valley fever, lumpy skin disease, ephemeral fever (three-day-stiff-sickness), nagana, anaplasmosis and African horse sickness.
Tick transmitted diseases: African and Asiatic red water, anaplasmosis, heart water and corridor disease.
It is important that farmers discuss vaccination and treatment programmes with their veterinarian. Early clinical signs of these diseases should be recognised so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. There is no specific treatment for viral diseases; it is important that animals be vaccinated in time to prevent disease outbreaks.
The presence of bovine brucellosis, Brucella ovis (ram’s disease), trichomonosis, vibriosis, Johne’s disease in herds is of great concern. All animal owners and breeding societies together with private and state veterinary services should work together to fight and eradicate diseases.
Remember, diseases are stumbling blocks in the way of achieving our goal of food security, food safety and economic stability. – Ruvasa