Treating listeria

valtraman

Member
I have a ewe with mild symptoms of listeria . What’s the best thing to treat with . Never had a lot of success in past
 
Had two here lately. First showed symptoms at dinner time and was dead in twenty four hours,second couldn't stand ,eat or drink for a week and I was drenching her to keep her going,started nibbling cake but couldn't drink or stand for another week. Went in the shed yesterday and she's walking round fine eating hay and drinking at the tank. Pen and strep was all I had
 

DartmoorEwe

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Yelverton, UK
I successfully treated listeria in a couple of hogs with lambs. I can't post a link to the thread as Im not that good. Lots of pen and strep and daily fluid drenches as they could not stand to drink and had no coordination and daily supporting them to stand so they can fart and pee and hourly position changes and nursing for pressure sores. Had 2 alive hogs at the end of 10 days and both went on to continue to bring up their lambs but a battle it certainly was.
 

milkloss

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
If you catch them with just a droopy ear then I think you stand a chance. We had two that could have been a spinal abscess that can do the same sort of thing. Mrs had a pet lamb which we x rayed! A bit keen but it did survive and still alive at 11 years old.
 

Becs

Member
Location
Wiltshire
I had one that was real bad in the summer that pulled through and due to lamb this week. Betamox - I think it was 8 mls twice daily ( I remember it was at least double of how often I’d usually give it) and metacam to reduce the swelling in the brain. Lots of nursing to keep it hydrated and turned. Time consuming but worth it if they pull through. My 6 year old granddaughter took a great interest in the ewe and helped me out So thank god it did survive!
 

valtraman

Member
Christ I’m having a bad run of it . Lost 6 out of 250 so far. Did speak to a vet other day briefly about treatment whilst doing a visit on some cattle and basically just said keep doing what I’m doing with antibiotics. Looking up on web and was saying could have been picked up out of forage a fortnight ago before knocking them now also read a bit about quality of forage . I’m feeding lovely smelling haylaga albeit from a very old pasture so quality isn’t probably there. Should I be feeding top quality haylage/silage instead? Or safer with hay? Buggers are getting me down
 

Cowmansam

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Shropshire
Hay would be safer I would think don’t think it matters on the quality of the silage it’s just if it’s gotten contaminated with soil
 

kfpben

Member
Location
Mid Hampshire
I’ve always avoided hay with ewes due to toxoplasmosis?
Generally try to avoid feeding bales at all to sheep unless I have to, though I know I’m writing from the sunny south.
 

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In conversation with a soil health pioneer

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