Signs of illness and what you can do about it
IN sheep: Lethargy, reluctance to move Crusty erosions around the nostrils and on the muzzle
Discharge of mucus and drooling from mouth and nose
Swelling of the muzzle, face and above the hoof
Reddening of the skin above the hoof Redness of the mouth, eyes, nose Breathing problems Erosions on the teats IN cattle:
Crusty erosions around the nostrils and muzzle Redness of the mouth, eyes, nose Redding of the skin above the hoof Nasal discharge Reddening and erosions on the teats
Cattle do not often show clear signs of disease so owners should also look out for signs of fatigue and lower productivity including reduced milk yield. What you can do now
Monitor stock carefully and report any clinical signs of disease, your local vet can provide help in the diagnosis.
Source animals responsibly and check the health status of animals you are looking to buy.
Consider vaccination as a method of reducing the spread of infection, vaccination is the only effective tool to protect animals from bluetongue.
Meat and milk from vaccinated animals is safe for consumption.
Maintain good biosecurity such as washing equipment after use.