Pneumonia is a common problem, particularly in housed calves and cattle. A free meeting has been organised at Charter Vet Hospital in Barnstaple on Tuesday of next week (November 10) to bring cattle farmers and their vets the latest information about what

Pneumonia is a common problem, particularly in housed calves and cattle. A free meeting has been organised at Charter Vet Hospital in Barnstaple on Tuesday of next week (November 10) to bring cattle farmers and their vets the latest information about what is known about this disease, as well as giving practical advice on the control strategies currently available.

Dr Chris Hodgson, senior scientist at Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, will illustrate what is currently known about the factors that predispose calves to pneumonia, before describing current approaches to improve the control of the disease.

Dr Hodgson said: "Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites or a combination of all three, but it is usually pneumonia caused by the pasteurella bacteria that results in death.

"These bacteria are found in the nasal cavities and tonsils of clinically healthy calves and trigger factors cause these bacteria to suddenly multiply and cause disease. These factors include poor ventilation in housed animals, transportation, temperature changes and other infections."

He added, "It is important that farmers get a definite diagnosis and work with their vets to develop an appropriate treatment and vaccination strategy if pneumonia is a problem on their farm."

Dr Hodgson will be joined by local vet Tim Bebbington, who will highlight the problem of calf pneumonia in the local area.

This free animal health meeting has been organised by Moredun, a world leader in research into the health and welfare of livestock and is part of a National Animal Health Roadshow. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm. Admission is free and open to all. For further information contact Maggie Bennett at Moredun on 0131 445 5111.