AHI Newsletter Q2 2018 FINAL

Programme Update Beef Healthcheck

Beef HealthCheck AnimalHealthIreland.ie

Dr David Graham, CEO

B y the first of August, data from almost 413,000 cattle had been reported to the ICBF database, of which the majority (38%) were steers, followed by heifers (30%), cows (18%), young bulls (13%) and bulls (1%). Analysis of data from these animals for liver fluke found that overall 15.1% had evidence of liver damage caused by fluke, with live fluke present in a further 3.3%, albeit with marked variation between different categories (Figure 4). Consistent with previous reports, there was also marked variation between counties, with fluke typically being commonly detected in western and northern counties (Figure 5,6).

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Fluke damage (%) Live fluke (%) Live fluke

15.00%

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5.00%

0.00%

COW BULL YBULL HEIFER STEER ALL

Figure 4. Prevalence of fluke damage and live fluke in different categories of cattle and overall in 2018 to date.

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Fluke damage Live fluke

40.00%

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10.00%

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Figure 5. Prevalence of fluke damage and live fluke in cattle by county in 2018 to date.

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