Summer rains means an increase in tick numbers. Ticks transmit diseases such as African and Asiatic red water, heartwater, anaplasmosis and lumpy skin disease. Prevent losses by studying the life-cycle of the various tick species and vaccination programmes to prevent these diseases. The toxin injected into animals by bont legged-ticks cause sweating sickness and serious wounds which become infested with screw-worms. Biosecurity is of utmost importance when buying animals.
Meanwhile new cases of trichomonosis are reported every month. This disease is out of control and as one veterinarian reported: “It is spreading like a wild fire”. Make sure that you buy bulls from farmers where biosecurity measures are in place! Make sure that fences are in tact and gates closed so that bulls cannot escape to neighbouring cows that may be infected with Tritrichomonas and become infected or infected by neighbouring bulls jumping fences.