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Targeted surveillance for endemic diseases of beef cattle

Funding providerNSW Department of Primary Industries
Project timeframeCommenced May 2015, Expected end date December 2015


  • A targeted surveillance project looking at the prevalence of diseases of beef cattle (pestivirus, leptospirosis, liver fluke) as well as selenium and vitamin B12 levels.
  • Testing also to be conducted for Theileria, a disease which emerged in NSW around 10 years ago.  Prevalence in the Mudgee, Rylstone, and Bylong areas is not known.
  • Results will be used as case studies for workshop and field day discussions.


  • Modeled on a similar study led by Bathurst District Vet, Dr Bruce Watt, in 2014. 
  • No targeted surveillance of endemic cattle diseases has been reported from the areas included in this study.  Results from this survey will be collated and compared with results from herds in the Bathurst region. 
  • Theileria results may be used as a basis for further studies in this area.

What is happening in the project?

  • 10 herds tested for pestivirus, leptospirosis, liver fluke exposure, Theileria, selenium, and vitamin B12.
  • Results communicated to producers, industry members, and private veterinarians through written reports and a field day to discuss findings.

Why is it being done?

  • Generate baseline prevalence data to inform discussions on the prevention, management, and treatment of endemic cattle diseases.
  • Raise awareness of common diseases of beef cattle, and their implications for production and human health.
  • Raise awareness of the animal health and biosecurity services provided by LLS.

Who is involved?

    • Beef producers.
    • NSW DPI

More information 

Nigel Gillan, District Vet (Mudgee) 


P: 0417 803 685