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Diseases in Beef Cattle

Good breeding, calf rearing, grassland management, winter feeding, housing and biosecurity are essential to maintaining good health in beef animals.

Young calves are particularly vulnerable to a range of diseases however careful management can prevent unnecessary losses in performance and death. Chapter 41 of the Teagasc Beef Manual Diseases-of-young-calves (PDF) covers many of the key points in protecting calf health.

Some of the main diseases affecting older beef cattle are covered in Chapter 42 of the Teagasc Beef Manual Significant-diseases-of-beef-cattle (PDF) including their causes, how to recognise them, how to prevent them and what to do if they do occur.