Livestock production: How to prevent and treat brucellosis (contagious abortion) in your herd

Question: What can I do to rid cattle that tested positive for brucellosis, of the disease? And how does one prevent contagious abortion from occurring? There is no treatment. Even in human beings the treatment is extremely expensive and takes a long time. One can never say that one is…

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Livestock production: What to do if your herd tests positive for brucellosis (contagious abortion)

Question: What should one do if your herd tests positive for contagious abortion (brucellosis)? If a farmer is doubtful about, or not satisfied with, the test results, he or she should discuss them with a State Veterinarian (in South Africa) or equivalent official in other countries. It is also important…

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Livestock production: Testing your herd for brucellosis (contagious abortion)

Question: How to I test my herd for contagious abortion (brucellosis)? Ask your veterinarian to help you collect the samples you will need for testing. The milk ring test (MRT) is an extremely sensitive screening test that can be a very good indication of brucellosis in a herd. The MRT…

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