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 signs of facial eczema including:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Skin irritation 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 facial eczema control programme.
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