Summer’s here, is facial eczema?

Summer is upon us and it is never too early to ensure plans are in place to protect the herd. To be effective, preventative measures need to be in place before Pithomyces chartarum spores are found.

We offer diagnostic testing to assist with monitoring facial eczema (FE) risk, minimising the incidence of disease, checking your management programme is working and assessing the damage caused by sporidesmin toxin from ingested spores.

Testing options available include:

> Spore counts (pasture and faeces)

> Individual GGT and zinc testing

With our online Lab-portal, you can submit your local spore counts to the national database. FE data is displayed in real-time in the Lab-portal, so you will be kept up-to-date with the latest local and national trends.  All veterinary clinics are eligible to register for a user account and we encourage you to do so.  The more data that is received in the portal, the better the indication of risk in your region.

See full details of how you can keep on top of facial eczema in the article and information sheet located on our website here.