Watch out for mystery stock illnesses

Watch out for mystery stock illnesses

Western NSW Local Land Services District Veterinarians, Dr Sophie Hemley and Dr Charlotte Cavanagh have called on all landholders to immediately contact them when livestock are suffering from unknown symptoms, illnesses or death by an unknown cause.

As Local Land Services deliver the frontline public animal health service in NSW, it is extremely important landholders contact Dr Hemley and Dr Cavanagh when they have issues with their livestock.

Similarly, if livestock have died in mysterious circumstances, Dr Hemley and Dr Cavanagh need to be notified immediately so a post mortem examination can be done to establish the cause of death.

“Western Local Land Services is committed to helping keep properties free of animal diseases,” Dr Hemley said.

“If you notice unusual disease symptoms, abnormal behaviour or unexpected deaths in your stock, immediately contact myself, Dr Cavanagh or your local District Veterinarian.

“Following recent rainfall and humid temperatures, worm egg survival is at an optimum and recently there have been a number of unseasonably high worm egg counts within the Western NSW region.

“If producers have ill thrifty or poor doing livestock they can call their District Veterinarian for a worm test and to help interpret the results.”

Dr Hemley also urged landholders to be on the lookout for unusual weeds, as if the feed value of the standing herbage is low, livestock may eat weeds they normally wouldn’t.

Local Community Manager, Steve McGlashan called on landholders not to delay reporting any concerns they have regarding their livestock’s health.

“Once a landholder has noticed an issue with their stock, we need to be notified immediately as any delay can be costly,” Mr McGlashan said.

“Firstly, the animal can get sicker and ultimately die, and secondly if an animal is already dead but we aren’t notified for a couple of days, we may not be able to get any results from a post mortem examination.”

Western Local Land Services District Veterinarians, along with Biosecurity Officers, have a range of priorities when it comes to assisting landholders, including: 

  • emergency disease prevention, preparedness and response
  • advisory and diagnostic services
  • disease surveillance and reporting
  • residue management
  • traceability systems such as NLIS.

Landholders can contact Dr Cavanagh on 0429 773 021 and Dr Hemley on 0417 248 135, and should contact their Western NSW Local Land Services office to get in touch with a Biosecurity Officer.

Featured Image: Sophie Hemley and Charlotte Cavanagh