The Herald

Moredun issues free newsletter on scouring disease

- ROG WOOD

AS lambing and calving time approaches, animal disease charity Moredun Foundation has produced a free newsletter on cryptospor­idiosis.

Cryptospor­idiosis is a scouring disease caused by infection with the parasite cryptospor­idium parvum. The disease affects a number of livestock species, including sheep, cattle and horses, as well as humans, making it essential to monitor and control on the farm.

The newsletter provides essential practical recommenda­tions for limiting the disease, while giving up-to-date informatio­n on clinical signs and diagnosis.

Clinical disease is mainly seen in young l i ve s t o c k between two and 10 days old, although adult animals can carr y the parasite subclinica­lly and spread infection via the faecal-oral route, “turd to tongue”.

Dr Elisabeth Innes, coauthor of the newsletter, highlighte­d the importance of practising good hygiene in livestock accommodat­ion at this time of year. “Lambing or calving sheds are a potential infection zone for newborns as contaminat­ed bedding can carry and spread the disease rapidly within these confined spaces,” she warned.

In humans cryptospor­idiosis can cause severe diarrhoea, dehydratio­n and vomiting, with the main vulnerable groups being children and the elderly.

Steve Wright, joint author of the newsletter, stressed the importance of handling waste in the correct manner.

“Because cryptospor­idiosis can infect humans, correct disposal of waste from infected animals is important, particular­ly where agricultur­al land forms a catchment area for reservoirs and rivers to supply drinking water.”

T he ne w s l e t t e r c a n b e obtained by contacting Ashley Baird at t h e Mo r e d u n Foundation on 0131 445 5111.

Lloyds TSB sponsors Beef Expo 2008

LLOYDS TSB Agricultur­e has been confirmed as major sponsor of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2008, to be held at Perth Agricultur­al Centre on May 21.

Organised by the National Beef Associatio­n, Beef Expo is h e l d a n n u a l l y a t ve n u e s throughout the country and is returning to Scotland for the first time since 2004.

Lloyds TSB became involved for the first time last year, when the bank sponsored the beef cattle classes.

Features will include practical demonstrat­ions, breed society displays, educationa­l exhibits, advice on genetics and husbandry, trade stands, seminars and competitio­ns, with an emphasis on the commercial aspects of beef production.

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