Information on sheep diseases and biosecurity.
In this topic
- BotulismAlthough instances of botulism affecting humans are rare, it is a common disease in animals and birds.
- Brucellosis in SheepOvine brucellosis mainly affects rams, causing lesions in their reproductive organs.
- Foot and Mouth DiseaseInformation about foot-and-mouth disease and how to keep it out of Australia and Tasmania.
- Goitre and Iodine DeficiencyOccurs most commonly in lambs, but can also affect calves and other young livestock.
- Grass Tetany-Grass StaggersMagnesium deficiency. It can affect stock in late autumn, winter and spring. This is not the same disease as perennial rye grass staggers.
- Green Feed RicketsOccurs mainly in unshorn lambs and weaners that are deficient in Vitamin D.
- Hydatid DiseaseHydatid disease, also known as hydatidosis or echinococcosis, is a parasitic infection of various animals, which can infect humans. Tasmania has been declared provisionally free of hydatid disease.
- Hypocalcaemia in SheepAn abnormally low level of blood calcium.
- Internal Parasites in SheepThere are three broad types of internal parasite that can cause significant health issues in sheep in Tasmania - worms, flukes and protozoa.
- Lameness in Sheep or GoatsThere are several diseases that show up as lameness, some of them highly infectious, so you should have a close look at any lame animals straightaway.
- LiceThe basics for smallholders and hobby farmers.
- Ovine Johne's DiseaseOvine Johne's Disease (OJD) is a chronic, incurable bacterial disease of sheep. The disease occurs in south-east Australia, including Tasmania.
- Perennial Ryegrass StaggersCaused by toxins in the leaves of perennial rye grass. This is not the same disease as grass tetany.
- Pregnancy ToxaemiaA disease of ewes in late pregnancy. Early treatment is essential.