Ticks cause a number of diseases in cattle e.g. heart water and redwater.
Ticks are common vectors in cattle although they have been known to affect other animals such as goats.
Ticks also suck blood weakening the host and resulting in reduced productivity.
They can be controlled by dipping the livestock.
The dips have a chemical that will kill the ticks.
They can also be controlled by tick birds.
Foot and mouth
(Cattle and Goats)
Fever, excessive saliva production, loss of weight, reduced milk production, mouth blisters, possible death, loss of appetite and dullness.
There is no specific cure for the disease as surviving animals usually recover after 7-10 days. Take preventative action such as vaccinating, kill diseases animals or keep them in quarantine. Notify the responsible authorities.
(In cattle and goats)
Fever, loss of appetite, watery faeces with traces of blood, blood in noses and mouth of the dead animals, blown up stomachs, death usually occurs in 24 hours.
Can be treated with antibiotics. Burn or Bury dead animals.
Notify the responsible authorities.