Cattle Biosecurity

​Information on cattle diseases and biosecurity.

In this Topic

  • Acetonaemia in Cows
    A disease commonly seen in high producing dairy cows, or in cows on a poor diet.
  • Acute Bovine Liver Disease
    Previously known as phytotoxic hepatitis, acute bovine liver disease affects beef and dairy cattle. ABLD occurs sporadically throughout Tasmania.
  • Botulism
    Although instances of botulism affecting humans are rare, it is a common disease in animals and birds.
  • Bovine Pestivirus
    Also known as bovine viral diarrhoea virus, or BVD or BVDV, or mucosal disease virus.
  • Brucellosis in Cattle
    Causes mass abortion in cattle herds.
  • Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL)
    EBL is a viral disease of cattle.
  • Facial Eczema
    Facial eczema (FE) is a type of sunburn (sometimes called photosensitisation) affecting exposed areas of pale skin of cattle.
  • Foot and Mouth Disease
    Information about foot and mouth disease and how to keep it out of Australia and Tasmania.
  • Grass Tetany/Grass Staggers
    Magnesium deficiency. It can affect stock in late autumn, winter and spring. This is not the same disease as perennial ryegrass staggers.
  • Johne's Disease (JD) in Cattle
    An incurable, infectious wasting disease.
  • Mad Cow Disease (BSE)
    An emergency animal disease that would have serious consequences for the cattle industry.
  • Perennial Ryegrass Staggers
    Caused by toxins in the leaves of perennial rye grass. This is not the same disease as grass tetany.

​See also:

  Mycoplasma Fact Sheet   (492Kb)


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