Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Fa­cial eczema spore counts have been get­ting dan­ger­ously high in many re­gions of the North Is­land over the past week, and pre­dic­tions are that counts in many ar­eas will spike over the next week to 10 days fol­low­ing warm northerly rain, says As­sureQual­ity.

Spokesper­son Leo Cooney said farm­ers and life­style block own­ers in lo­ca­tions which have had a his­tory of FE in the past are likely to be af­fected and should be tak­ing full pre­cau­tions with sus­cep­ti­ble an­i­mals.

‘‘If any­one is un­sure what to do, they are strongly ad­vised to con­tact their ve­teri­nar­ian for ad­vice on the best method of preven­tion for their par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion.’’

Cooney said symp­toms in­clude an­i­mals seek­ing shade and show­ing dis­tress, then de­vel­op­ing weep­ing le­sions on the face or other parts of the body that are lightly pig­mented.

Th­ese an­i­mals should be re­moved from toxic pas­ture, fed sup­ple­men­tary feeds such as hay/hay­lage or silage to re­duce the in­take of toxic spores and pro­vided with plenty of shade and clean wa­ter for drink­ing.

Cows in milk should be re­moved from the main herd and given spe­cial treat­ment to avoid suf­fer­ing.

Ve­teri­nary ad­vice should be sought for the best out­come, said Cooney.

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