Hi Guys - We are getting the vet in BUT.... We think we have a cow with Facial Excema. She was hard grazed down the road on very long grass with 7 others during the hot humidity a couple of weeks ago. Just noticed today after being back at ours for a week she has bald round spots on her face.
If it turns out to be FE whats best? We were going to keep her and get her in calf next year, Will it carry down to the calf? we only breed to eat.
Obviously we will be checking with Vet as well. We are in Dairy Flat Auckland
Thanks for any advice
I would guess by your description it's more likely to be ringworm than FE. Can you post up some photos? Your cow is more likely to pick up FE when grazing hard down to very short grass. The lesions are normally seen on white areas of the hide, or areas with thinner skin, where the skin thickens and peels, leaving exposed, weeping underlying tissue. The animal usually will seek out shade.
We are approaching Facial Eczema season, so while your vet is visiting it would be a good idea to discuss your FE prevention plan with him.
Do NOT cross this paddock! ... Unless you can do it in 9 seconds, 'cos the bull can do it in 10!