Coccidiosis illness afflicting cattle in ND raises concerns

Cattle on a farm, Photo Date: 7/12/2013 / Photo: USDA / (MGN)
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BISMARCK, N.D. - An illness among cattle is raising concerns in North Dakota.

Coccidiosis is a disease that becomes more prevalent in livestock after long winters, and during times of high animal stress.

The NDSU Extension Service says farmers should take preventative measures, since it can be difficult to treat and can affect an animal for life.

One of the risks mentioned is that it usually brings secondary infections with it.

"This year has been tough since we've had snow everywhere, and so it's been challenging to get cattle out when they're calving, and so the prevention tips are to maintain good biosecurity and cleanliness in your calving areas where you have your cattle," said Lisa Pederson, Beef Quality and Livestock Specialist.

​Pederson says anyone with questions should contact their vet or extension agent.