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23rd February, 2019

Neospora has an extremely negative effect on reproductive performance in a dairy herd

Visited a client in County Clare. This client informed me that 37 out of 80 of his dairy cows, tested positive for Neospora. Last autumn a number of cows aborted. The post mortem diagnostics on the foetii did not identify Neospora, rather blood samples identified the disease. The client identified that lawn clippings were the source of infection. The dog is the intermediate host for Neospora. Dog faeces on the lawn were mulched with the grass clippings, which inhibited the cows selecting against decontaminated faeces.