Health and disease

Vaccines and vaccination programs

Principles of using vaccines

Vaccinations for beef cattle

Diagnosing disease and deficiencies

Diagnosing disease and deficiencies

Diseases of cattle

Akabane, Business Queensland

Clostridial diseases, Meat & Livestock Australia



Calf scours – post weaning diarrhoea

Enzootic bovine leucosis (EBL)

  • EBL, Business Queensland

Johne’s disease

Leptospirosis, Business Queensland

Lumpy jaw, Business Queensland

Neosporosis, Business Queensland

Bovine pestivirus or Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV)

Stringhalt in cattle

Tail rot

Tick fever, Business Queensland

Three day sickness (bovine ephemeral fever)

Trichomoniasis – Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Northern Territory

Vibriosis (Campylobacteriosis)

Warts, Business Queensland

Zoonoses (diseases transmissible to humans)

Leptospirosis, Business Queensland

Q fever, Business Queensland


Cattle ticks, Business Queensland

Cattle tick management framework in Queensland, Business Queensland

Buffalo fly control in cattle, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland


Exotic diseases and parasites

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Food Standards Australia New Zealand

What is a TSE?, Animal Health Australia

Foot and mouth disease (FMD), Business Queensland

Rinderpest, MSD Veterinary Manual

Screw worm fly, Business Queensland

Feed-related poisoning

Acidosis, Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales

Urea poisoning in cattle (PDF, 37KB), Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Northern Territory

Pimelea poisoning (St George disease) (PDF, 1.96MB)

Cyanide (prussic acid) and nitrate in sorghum crops – managing the risks, Business Queensland

Swainsona poisoning in cattle and horses (PDF, 244KB), Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Northern Territory

Nutritional deficiencies




Minerals and vitamins

Planning and managing a supplementary feeding program

More information

Weaner management in northern beef herds (PDF, 3MB), Meat & Livestock Australia

Calf rearing


Animal Health Australia website

BVDV Australia website


Managing the pestivirus threat during post-drought restocking

With the current dramatic turnaround in seasonal fortunes across large parts of northern and Eastern Australia, restocking activity is gaining momentum. As producers begin to restock, they are at significant risk of either bringing BVDV (pestivirus) home, or of buying-in naïve animals into an already-infected herd.

MLA’s conservative estimate of the cost of BVDV to Australia’s Northern and Southern Beef industries is more than $100 million each year. With the pressures of poor rainfall and poor prices no longer distracting producers, many are now taking the time to address endemic disease, biosecurity and welfare issues within their own production systems.

In this webinar, Dr Enoch Bergman (well respected Western Australia veterinarian) will step producers, vets and other stakeholders through a logical process of defining and managing their BVDV status, and moderating risk in incoming restocker or agistment animals in a cost-effective manner.

Download a copy of the presentation slides (PDF, 11MB) or watch a recording of the webinar (57:44 minutes | 29 September 2016).

Bovine Johne’s Disease and the new Biosecurity Act. What it means for you…

From 1 July 2016, there’ll be major changes to the way Johne’s Disease is managed in Queensland. These changes will bring obligations, challenges and opportunities for beef producers. So we’ve invited Dr Lawrence Gavey, who is a veterinarian with over two decades experience working in the area of established diseases and animal welfare, to provide you with a basic knowledge of Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) and an understanding of the new Biosecurity Act to assist you to sustainably manage BJD risks in your herd and on your properties.

During this webinar, you’ll hear about:

  • Review of current status of Queensland for BJD – outcomes of major incident responses, an overview of current cases and risks of further spread
  • New context from 1 July 2016, under the new national BJD framework and Biosecurity Act 2014 – a shift from regulatory protection to industry management
  • Producer responsibility for herd and property protection – the disease, how to assess risk, new tools and management options.

Download a copy of the presentation slides (PDF, 779KB) or watch a recording of the webinar.

For information about Johne’s disease management in Queensland visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website. For information on the new approach and guidelines for safely purchasing livestock, download the Johne’s disease management fact sheet. Animal health statements are available at

Pimelea and its management

Toxic pimelea species (desert riceflowers and flaxweed) are native plants found throughout inland Australia on pastoral lands. Three ephemeral species (Pimelea simplex, P. elongata, and P. trichostachya) are poisonous to livestock, resulting in heavy losses in some years. In this webinar Jenny Milson discusses pimelea poisoning in cattle and its management. 47:57 minutes published 19 February 2012 by FutureBeefAu.

Download a copy of ‘Understanding pimelea poisoning in cattle’ – a 42-page booklet which describes the clinical signs of pimelea poisoning, treatments and management strategies, and includes recent experimental feeding and herbicide trials, plus case studies detailing the personal experiences of producers.

Pestivirus in Queensland beef herds

Dr Geoffry Fordyce (QAAFI) discusses pestivirus in Queensland beef herds. 55:51 minutes published 12 February 2012 by FutureBeefAu.