Signs of Facial Eczema

By the time the symptoms of FE are visible, liver damage has already been done. As a guide, for every 1% of clinical cases there can be 20 - 30% or more sub-clinical cases.

Dairy Cows

Clinical symptoms:

  • Shade seeking
  • Kicking, licking at flanks
  • Sudden decline in milk production
  • Elevation in GGT levels
  • Redness and peeling of unpigmented skin
  • Sudden or unexplained deaths at calving
  • Increased incidence of ketosis at calving

Sheep

Clinical symptoms:

  • Shade seeking
  • Kicking, licking at flanks
  • Redness and peeling of unpigmented skin
  • Irritation, reddening and oedema of the muzzle, eyes, ears and udder.
  • Sudden or unexplained deaths at lambing
  • Decreased wool and meat production
  • Increased incidence of sleepy sickness at lambing