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Flies may not be the only way pinkeye is being spread in herds, according to this Alberta project, which has management implications.

Potential new causes of pinkeye uncovered

Findings from a recent Alberta project have implications for management practices that could help prevent the spread of pinkeye (infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, IBK) within a herd. Relatively little attention has been given to pinning down the cause and prevention of pinkeye even though it is the most common eye disease of cattle worldwide, and highly […] Read more

Calf on pasture with an eye problem developing.

The full cost of pink eye in cattle

Cure the pain as well as the losses


Pink eye or, more properly, infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), ranks high on the list of most expensive cattle health issues. The impact in lost weight gain alone is substantial. For pre-weaned calves, pinkeye is the second most costly disease, behind scours. One study showed a 17 pound (lb.) loss when one eye was affected and […] Read more