Whilst the warm dry weather means that worm burdens so far this summer have been low it is important to remain vigilant for signs of disease.
Which stock are most at risk?
Lungworm most commonly affects young stock in their first season at grass, however it can also be seen in older animals particularly where they have not had the chance to develop any immunity or their immunity has waned- examples of this include freshly calved heifers moving to a new farm, or older animals being grazed on pasture that has been used for young stock.
What is the first sign?
The first sign of disease is a dry cough, particularly noticeable when animals are being moved. Disease can progress rapidly so seek advice promptly if you are concerned.
The above information was taken from our August 2019 newsletter, you can read the full newsletter here.