Facial Ezcema

26 02, 2018

Alpaca & Facial Eczema

By |February 26th, 2018|Alpaca, Facial Ezcema|0 Comments

What is Facial Eczema?
Alpaca are very susceptible to facial eczema, even more so than sheep and cattle! So what is Facial eczema? Facial eczema is a common and potentially dangerous disease that is common in the North island during the summer and autumn months.

It is a disease caused by the ingestion of spores produced by a fungus called Pithomyces Chartarum. The spores can be found in pasture, especially in the dead leaf litter,

19 02, 2018

Facial Eczema – Prevention and Management

By |February 19th, 2018|Cows, Facial Ezcema, Sheep|0 Comments

Facial eczema is caused by a toxin produced by the spores of a fungus growing on pasture.  When ingested by cattle and sheep, the toxin damages the liver and bile ducts.

The damaged liver cannot rid the body of wastes and a breakdown product of chlorophyll builds up in the blood causing sensitivity to sunlight, which in turn causes inflammation of the skin.

The resulting liver damage can severely affect their welfare, affect production and fertility

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