STEPHAN Deist will give a talk on three cattle diseases affecting the North Coast on Sunday.
Veterinarian Dr Deist from Pacific Vet Care, will talk on Theileria, Neospora and Pestivirus at the Orara Blacks Open Day at ‘Big River’ Upper Orara tomorrow.
Theileria is a wasting disease that causes severe anaemia and eventually results in death of the affected animal.
Blood at post mortem is light pink in colour instead of the normal bright red colour.
There is no vaccination and no cure.
Neospora is a fertility disease often resulting in abortion or failure to breed.
The causal organism is carried by domestic and wild dogs that infect the pasture grass that is then ingested by the animal.
Pestivirus has been around for some time and is a serious debilitating disease.
Fortunately there are vaccination programs available.
A new type of baled silage from Grafton will also be on display.
This short chopped corn-ear and flag is reported top be very high in energy, providing at least double the nutritional value of well-conserved pasture silage.
All the Orara Black composite cattle will be on display at the day, which will begin at 11.30am with lunch and information until 3pm.
All interested people are most welcome to attend.
For more information on the Orara Blacks Open Day, contact Phil Doyle on 6653 8353.