One of the most significant viral illnesses in cattle, lumpy skin disease often manifests as skin nodules and ulcers. Despite the fact that only a tiny proportion of affected animals die, lumpy skin disease results in substantial monetary losses.
Dr Koketso Makhubedu, a veterinarian at Moshawane Veterinary Consulting Rooms in Mafikeng, North West talks about the importance of vaccination and how often to vaccinate your cattle breed.
Makhubedu explains that an important factor in the spread of the disease is the presence of insects like flies and mosquitoes. These flying insects might quickly infect many animals across a large area. Additionally, transmission happens when an ill animal contaminates communal drinking and feeding troughs.
Makhubedu says it remains important to consult with your local veterinarian to get regular updates on the monthly reported diseases in South Africa. If you have not vaccinated your cattle for lumpy skin disease before, do so. There is no time to wait to get the best out of your herd.
“This is a notifiable disease, so by law and the state of [South Africa] you should let our vet know if you suspect you have lumpy skin,” she says.
Emaciation brought on by a lack of hunger may result in economic losses such as decreased milk production. Bulls and cows are negatively affected in terms of fertility.
“Abortions may occur. Nodules can occur in the throat and lungs, leading to respiratory problems such as breathing difficulties and pneumonia, potentially resulting in death on the affected cattle,” says Makhubedu.
The expert also discusses:
- Best time to vaccinate;
- The importance of vaccination; and
- Advice to farmers.
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