A case of Redwater has been diagnosed at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the marine’s Regional Veterinary Lab in Athlone.
This is the first case of Redwater diagnosed by the RVL in 2019, according to the Department.
It was detected on a necropsy of a two-year-old heifer in Co. Offaly.
“The farmer had not noticed any signs of illness in the heifer before she was found dead.”
Redwater is caused in cattle by a single-celled parasite and is spread by ticks.
It is associated with areas of rough grazing including bracken and heather-covered ground.
“Redwater is a seasonal disease that increases as temperatures rise. Farmers are encouraged to remain vigilant of this disease which can cause substantive losses, in the weeks ahead.” The statement concluded.