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Septic arthritis with different aetiologies diagnosed in beef youngstock in Scotland

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SRUC VS disease Surveillance headlines, February 2019

  • Septic arthritis due to Mycoplasma bovis in beef youngstock.

  • Attaching and effacing Escherichia coli in a dairy cross calf.

  • Congenital neurological disease in pedigree beltex lambs.

The mean temperature for February in Scotland was 2.5°C above the 1981 to 2010 long-term average. Both the mean temperature and the mean maximum temperature were the second highest in a series from 1910. Rainfall was 82 per cent of average overall, mostly near normal in the west and below normal in the east. Sunshine was 110 per cent of average, and it was a very sunny month in the south, but duller than average in the north west.


Parasitic diseases

A group of organic Aberdeen Angus cattle was reported to be losing condition and samples from two animals were submitted to Inverness for investigation of the problem. The affected cattle were 21 months old and had been purchased in July 2018.

Strongyle egg counts of 3900 and 350 eggs per gram and pepsinogen results of 0.6 and 3.4 iu/l (reference range <1.5 iu/l) suggested a diagnosis of parasitic gastroenteritis due to type 2 ostertagiosis, which was supported by albumin results of 16 and 17 g/l (reference range 30 to 40 g/l).

No evidence of Johne’s disease was detected and anthelmintic treatment was recommended. The group had not been wormed when housed and it was assumed that it had grazed fields that were heavily contaminated with infectious nematode larvae in autumn 2018.

About this report

This monthly summary is produced for Vet Record by Scotland’s Rural College Veterinary Services (SRUC VS) and is based on reports from its centres in Edinburgh, Perth, St Boswells, Ayr (Auchincruive), Dumfries, Aberdeen, Inverness and Thurso and in collaboration with the Moredun Research Institute.

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