Lethal Cattle Disease Haunts Farmers


Lethal Cattle Disease Haunts Farmers

In a recent report, warning signals have been sent in context to the potential side effects of a lethal cattle disease. The result of the theileria parasite could dither the dairy industry in case some concrete measures are not being taken soon.

So far, reports have confirmed that the parasite is easily found in New South Wales and Queensland, but now it has confirmed its presence in Victoria.

There is need that the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) come into swift action and takes some directed measures to contain the rising fear of the disease. It is shocking to known that instead of the DPI, farms are putting themselves into quarantine, and that’s what calls for even more worrying signs.

"Everyone's really panicking. It's alright for the DPI but it's everyone's livelihood at stake here, millions of dollars worth of milk alone and the value of the cows and the value of the farm”, said Kiewa Valley farmer, Lincoln George.

However, the district veterinary officer along with the DPI in Wangaratta, John Ryan, is of the view that it would be a lot difficult to quarantine properties in order to contain the disease within safe limits. There is dire need of effective control methods to deal with the crisis as cordoning off the properties would not help to ward off the disease.

It has been made clear that though the severity of the endemic disease is confirmed, there is lack of control measures existent which has made things a lot difficult to manage for the authorities concerned.

The best possible option as of now is to develop a theileria vaccine, but it would take its due course of time to be made and then to reach in the right hands.

With farmers in north-east Victoria worrying too much, it has become all the more imperative that their pleas are being heart and attended to.

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