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At this time of year we begin to see the following diseases…

November 21, 2012

Thiamine Deficiency

Calves can have any combination of the following clinical signs:

  • Uncoordinated
  • Depressed
  • Blindness
  • Walk in circles
  • Salivate excessively
  • Muscle tremors
  • Lie down and arch head backwards
  • Comatose and eventually die

Phone us if you encounter any calves with these clinical signs. Although thiamine deficiency can develop in both adult cattle and calves, it is generally more common in calves.



Yersiniosis is a disease that strikes when the calf is under stress (including a change in feed quality). Calves develop a scour and look poor compared to others in the same line and is generally more prevalent in Jersey and Cross-breds.

Treatment is very successful and calves that are treated early can make a full recovery.


If you are concerned that either of these diseases are having an impact on your young stock, or have any questions please phone the clinic on 07 888 8197 to speak to one of our trusted veterinarians.