Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Anthrax kills eight cows on South Dakota farm

For the first time this year, anthrax has been reported in cattle in South Dakota. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven has confirmed that 8 cows died from a herd of 87 unvaccinated cattle in Clark County. The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at SDSU confirmed the disease from samples submitted over the weekend. Anthrax is an economically devastating disease for the livestock industry. Anthrax is a bacterial pathogen in livestock and wild animals. Some of the more common herbivores are cattle, sheep,goats, horses, camels and deer. Anthrax is a very serious disease of livestock because it can potentially cause the rapid loss of a large number of animals in a very short time. Affected animals are often found dead with no illness detected. When conditions become favorable, the spores germinate into colonies of bacteria. An example would be a grazing cow ingests spores that in the cow, germinate, grow spread and eventually kill the animal. Anthrax is caused by the bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. This spore forming bacteria can survive in the environment for years because of its ability to resist heat, cold, drying, etc. This is usually the infectious stage of anthrax. Anthrax spores survive indefinitely in contaminated soil, and much of South Dakota has the potential of experiencing an outbreak...MORE


Anonymous said...

"Significant climate change, such as drought, floods, and winds, can expose anthrax spores to grazing livestock. " This statement is more 'used oats' science. Anthrax spores are in the soil and are not increased by climate change. Usually close grazing causes the ingestion of the spores and it is usually animals which are in very good condition which are affected. Writers with agendas should check their fact.

Anonymous said...

The left is also blaming climate change for the increase of suicides in the ag community.

In a sense they have a point since the left's overreaching climate change regulations have probably driven a few farmers & ranchers over the edge.