BHC Newsletter Winter FINAL

BEEF HEALTHCHECK PROGRAMME UPDATE The Beef HealthCheck programme now captures data from 17 different plants belonging to 8 different processors

B y early December 2017, data from over 800,000 animals had been received, of which 68% were classified as beef animals and 32% as dairy animals. Steers made up the largest class of animal, followed by heifers, young bulls, cows and bulls (Figure 1). Fluke damage, either with or without the presence of live fluke, was the most commonly recorded abnormal finding, being present in a total of 20.9% of cattle. There was marked variation between animal classes in the proportion of animals with fluke damage overall and the proportion of animals in which live fluke were observed, being most common in cows in both cases (Figure 2).

YOUNG BULLS BULLS

HEIFERS

STEERS

COWS

Figure 1. Percentage of animals by class for which results received.

10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0

45.7

17.9

FLUKE DAMAGE LIVE FLUKE

15.5

13.9

14.9

0.0 5.0

4.2

3.1

3.0

YB 3.0

2.4

ST

H

C

All

Figure 2. Prevalence of cattle (%) with liver damage attributed to liver fluke, including those in which live fluke were observed (red) overall and by class (YB, young bull; ST, steer; H, heifer; C, cow).

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