Clostridial myositis causes multiple calf deaths in Scotland

09 Nov 2019

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SRUC VS disease Surveillance headlines, July 2019

  • Continuing losses due to clostridial myositis in calves

  • Sheep deaths due to haemonchosis in Aberdeenshire

  • Congenital portosystemic shunt in a Suffolk lamb

  • Outbreak of synovitis due to Staphylococcus aureus in pheasant poults

  • The mean temperature for July in Scotland was 1.4°C above the long-term average, and was the warmest for minimum temperature in a series since 1910. It was a cloudy and wet month with 93 per cent of average sunshine and 133 per cent of average rainfall overall.

    CattleNutritional and metabolic disorders

    Four blood samples were received from a group of four-month-old suckled calves. The calves were reported to have grown well while housed but since turnout to grass had become illthriven with a stiff hindlimb gait in some cases. Routine testing for trace elements revealed hypocuprosis with a mean plasma copper result of 2.9...