Facial Eczema is caused by fungal spores that occur on pasture during warm moist conditions, usually late summer to autumn. When ingested by cattle and sheep, these spores release a toxin which damages the liver and causes secondary skin damage. There are many symptoms to facial eczema including

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Irrational to the skin which could lead to raw wounds

Franklin Vets was asked to assist in a Dairy NZ and Sustainable Farming Fund Trial looking into on-farm zinc supplementation practices in the region. All herds should consider zinc testing as an effective assurance of their FE control programme.