Blackleg, pulpy kidney (enterotoxaemia), black disease, tetanus, and malignant oedema are common causes of death in unvaccinated sheep and cattle. Other animals, particularly goats, are also susceptible.
Orphan lambs may arise after the death of the ewe or due to abandonment or rejection, especially by first time or maiden ewes and those with multiple lambs. Raising orphan or poddy lambs by hand is a lot of hard work, but the results are well worth it.
Seen mostly in lactating beef cows in winter and early spring, grass tetany can lead to the death of most clinically affected animals. The disorder is associated with low levels of magnesium in the blood.
How to better manage calving herds to avoid loses due to calf scours, improve calf health and immunity to infection and how to limit the spread of scours during an outbreak.
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