Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
There have been five confirmed cases of rabies in North Carolina livestock this year, which is about average for the state.
Because horses, cattle and goats are naturally curious animals, they can be at risk for being bitten by a rabid animal that gets inside their fence line, so it’s important to consider vaccinating livestock against rabies, Commissioner Troxler says.
Livestock infected with rabies exhibit a wide variety of symptoms, including depression; lack of appetite; difficulty eating, drinking or swallowing; head-pressing; and circling. Horse owners should be aware that rabies can often look like colic in horses. The incubation period for rabies is two weeks to six months, and once symptoms appear, the disease is almost always fatal.
Here are some tips to protect yourself and your animals:
Click on the link below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about rabies vaccinations for livestock.
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