WA Livestock Disease Outlook - for vets

Neurologic signs in cattle? Remember Bucks for Brains!

We need your help to meet WA’s surveillance targets for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) for the 2018/19 financial year. Australia does not have BSE but we need ongoing surveillance to maintain market access.

If you see cattle with gait abnormalities such as wobbling, staggers or goose-stepping, constant trembling or increased sensitivity to sound and touch, consider whether they may be suitable for post-mortem under the TSE program. Under the program, the owner and vet receive a subsidy of $300 per animal for up to two animals and veterinary, sample freight and laboratory costs are normally covered. The DPIRD NTSESP webpage explains the program or you can contact your DPIRD vet.

Register now for your DPIRD regional vet workshop

Don’t miss your chance to attend a livestock disease workshop in your region in May. Topics covered will include African swine fever, current livestock disease projects, antimicrobial resistance and discussion of interesting cases. Contact your local DPIRD field vet to register.

  • Bunbury – Friday 17 May, 5pm
  • Albany – Saturday 18 May, 2:30pm
  • Northam – Friday 24 May, 5pm
  • Dongara – Saturday 25 May, 2:30pm

WA Livestock Disease Outlook highlights benefits of surveillance

Australia’s ability to sell livestock and livestock products depends on evidence from our surveillance systems that we are free of particular livestock diseases. The WA livestock disease outlook – for vets summarises recent significant disease investigations by DPIRD vets and private vets that contribute to that surveillance evidence.

We welcome feedback. To provide comments or to subscribe to the monthly email newsletter, WA livestock disease outlook, email waldo@dpird.wa.gov.au.