Livestock production: Sick animals and fever

Question: How important is it to determine the temperature of a sick animal? When infectious organisms such as bacteria or viruses invade an animal, the immune system tries to destroy them. As part of this reaction the animal’s temperature rises causing what we know as fever. Fever is the first…

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Livestock production: Don’t underestimate botulism in horses

It takes less of the botulism toxin to kill a big horse than it does to kill a small mouse. Horses are extremely sensitive to botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. As a matter of fact, it takes more of this toxin to kill a mouse…

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Livestock production: Becoming a better livestock farmer

Question: Where do I start to become a better livestock farmer? The answer is basic and straightforward. You have to decide, first of all, if you are going to be merely a livestock owner or whether you want to be a livestock farmer. The difference lies in the fact that…

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Cattle production: More on vibriosis

Question: What is vibriosis [campylobacter fetus (venerealis)]? Vibriosis in cattle is a typical venereal disease passed from one animal to another during mating. It is caused by a comma-shaped bacterium known as campylobacter fetus of which there are a number of subspecies. Bulls usually become infected when they serve infected…

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