Animal diseases

Fact sheet

Fact Check: Barnaby Joyce correct on bird flu risk in free-range chicken farms

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce claims a move towards free-range egg production will lead to an increase in bird flu.

African Swine Fever in China: turmoil ahead for food prices and the Chinese economy

China is experiencing an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), which is devastating its pig farms. this paper argues that the Chinese response to the crisis has not been well managed. Quarantine efforts have failed and a culture of secrecy around reporting outbreaks has made...
Technical report

A guide to the field diagnosis of honey bee brood diseases

This agnote is a field guide for apiarists to identify the four important brood diseases: American foulbrood, European foulbrood, chalkbrood and sacbrood. Apiarists are encouraged to submit samples for laboratory confirmation of their field diagnoses and to seek advice from Department of Environment and Primary...
Technical report

Common diseases of backyard poultry

The keeping of backyard poultry gives great enjoyment to many people. As more people in Victoria purchase small acreages, poultry ownership is becoming a popular and economically beneficial pastime. The production of fresh eggs and meat for human consumption, plus the enjoyment they give as...
Technical report

Scabby mouth (orf) - a disease of sheep and goats

Scabby mouth (contagious ecthyma, orf) is a highly contagious, viral disease of sheep, goats and occasionally humans. It occurs throughout Victoria. This disease is a potential problem of live sheep exports due to the close confinement of animals and the feeding of sheep with pellets...
Technical report

Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus

Rabies is a viral disease that affects warm-blooded animals including humans. It is characterised by a variable incubation period, nervous signs, paralysis and death. It is a disease for which there is no known cure.
Technical report

Quarantine advice for small poultry flocks

An easily avoidable disaster that can befall poultry enthusiasts is the introduction of disease into their flock. It can be a huge cost both financially and emotionally, to build up a valuable breed or line of poultry, only to have them jeopardised by the introduction...