Ruminants

SHIPPING FEVER 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

SHIPPING FEVER

Photo Credit: @2020 All rights observed by Orissa Shipping Fever also known as Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex is a bacterial disease of cattle usually associated with stress involved in movement. The disease affects the upper respiratory system and is presented with signs such as laboured or rapid breathing, nasal discharges, coughing, anorexia and depression.  Stress…

PREGNANCY TOXAEMIA / KETOSIS 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

PREGNANCY TOXAEMIA / KETOSIS

Pregnant animals require extra care and attention due to how vulnerable they are when they get to this stage. Healthy animals lead to increased productivity and ultimately income generation. Today’s article focuses on one of the major conditions which affects ewes and does during their last stages of pregnancy. This condition is even more severe…

INTERDIGITAL DERMATITIS 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

INTERDIGITAL DERMATITIS

Picture Credit: Wikivet Interdigital dermatitis is a condition that leads to lameness in sheep and goats and is often a predisposing factor to footrot. It is sometimes referred to as Benign Footrot. It is a mixed bacterial infection however, Dichelobacter nodosus has been recognized as the major cause of this condition. Other causal factors of…

HAEMONCHOSIS IN RUMINANTS 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

HAEMONCHOSIS IN RUMINANTS

Photo Credit: Adduci, Isabella, et al. “Haemonchosis in Sheep and Goats, Control Strategies and Development of Vaccines against Haemonchus contortus.” Animals 12.18 (2022): 2339. Amid the several parasitic infections that plague ruminants, Haemonchus spp has been recognized as one of the many parasites that cause severe damages to the digestive system. This blood-sucking worm is…

ORF IN RUMIMANTS 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

ORF IN RUMIMANTS

Orf is a highly transmissible viral disease of sheep and goats with zoonotic potential (i.e. it can be transferred to humans). It has numerous names such as Sore Mouth Disease, Contagious Ecthyma or Scabby Mouth. Orf belongs to the Poxviridae family. Animals get infected through direct contact with affected animals as they interact. Other sources…

DIARRHOEA IN NEWLY BORN RUMINANTS CAUSED BY E.coli 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

DIARRHOEA IN NEWLY BORN RUMINANTS CAUSED BY E.coli

Diarrhoea in newly born ruminants caused by Escherichia coli (E.coli) remains as one of the common conditions of newborns which sometimes leads to death. E. coli, is a bacterium which naturally resides in the intestines of living organisms and aid in digestion. There are however some strains of E. coli (Enterotoxigenic E. coli and Enteropathogenic…

DETERMINE THE AGE OF YOUR SHEEP OR GOAT USING ITS’ TEETH 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

DETERMINE THE AGE OF YOUR SHEEP OR GOAT USING ITS’ TEETH

Today’s article is a very useful tool in guiding your decision making during buying new animals both for breeding and production purposes. Veterinarians generally use this technique also, to guess the approximate age of an animal where data or acquisition history of the animal may be deficient. In the absence of any defect or accidents,…

BLACK LEG/ BLACK QUARTER DISEASE 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

BLACK LEG/ BLACK QUARTER DISEASE

Copyright © 2021 Farm4Trade SRL This is a highly fatal disease of farm animals including cattle, sheep, goats and horses. It is caused by the bacterium, Clostridium chauvoei (Cl.chauvoei). The disease is characterized by severe swelling and necrosis of affected muscles (especially those of the hind quarters). Clostridium chauvoei spores can be found in the soil.…

BRUCELLOSIS (MEDITERRANEAN FEVER/ UNDULANT FEVER) IN SMALL RUMINANTS 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

BRUCELLOSIS (MEDITERRANEAN FEVER/ UNDULANT FEVER) IN SMALL RUMINANTS

Brucellosis is a highly infectious disease that has the potential of being transferred from animals to humans (zoonotic). It makes it a disease of great public health significance with economic impact. ETIOLOGY / CAUSATIVE AGENT It is caused by the bacterium Brucella spp. Brucella has different species including Brucella abortus, Brucella canis, Brucella suis  and…

BREEDS OF SHEEP IN GHANA AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS 1280 720 Kingsley Emmanuel Bentum

BREEDS OF SHEEP IN GHANA AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/Baggara_Arabs.jpg   There are several breeds of sheep across the globe with varying uniqueness based on their geographical location and purpose. One of the major things to consider in starting a small ruminant farm in Ghana is the breed of animal. This article will provide detailed information on the two major breeds of sheep we…

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