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North West LLS Vet warns farmers to watch for milk fever and bloat

North West LLS Regional Veterinarian Bob McKinnon is warning landholders about the danger to livestock health since the recent rain.

The rain has encouraged pasture growth, while this is a great source of feed some caution has to be exercised.

 "We are seeing cases of bloat across the region.The fact that there is not much competition in the way of grass means that clover and medic are thriving in pastures," said Dr McKinnon.

 " The other risk to livestock is hypocalcaemia (milk fever), we are seeing this especially in lactating ewes on cereal crops. "Prevention is the key. There are a number of bloat prevention options, such as bloat oils, liquids, blocks and dry licks. Feeding hay can also help, it is also important to check stock regularly.

"With regards to lactating stock on lush cereal crops it is essential livestock have access to a fibre source such as hay and a product that will provide a balanced mineral mix to balance the diet," said Dr McKinnon

 Local Land Services recommends that producers consult their district veterinarian, private veterinarian or North West LLS livestock officer to discuss prevention options for their individual situation and investigate any livestock deaths on their property. 

North West LLS Livestock officer Emily Litzow and Sydney University Veterinary Student Monica Loder with a ewe with Hypocalcaemia (Milk fever). 

North West Local Land Services can be contacted on 1300795299