Disease help for cattle farmers

HUNTERfarmers have been urged to learn moreabout the diseases threatening their cattleat an experts’ forum this month.

District veterinarian Digby Rayward will hostthe free session atWallarobba Hall on Friday, January 29 to help farmers deal with selenium deficiency, tick-borne theileria and pestivirus, which has an AIDS-like effect on cattle.

“Selenium deficiency can affect the productivity of beef cattle so it is important to know what itmeans and the options available,”Mr Rayward said.

‘Selenium deficiency has been linked to infertility problems and,importantly, to the [cattle’s]immune system.”

Farmers at the session, which runs from 9.30am to 12pm, will be asked to consider whether to vaccinate their cattle and encouraged to ask questions, Mr Rayward said.

The Hunter’s beef industry is worth$370 million a year.

Farmers can register for theLocal Land Services-runforum on4939 8967.

HEALTHY DISCUSSION: Cattle farmers have been warned about diseases.

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