Beef Cattle Spring Eczema

A photosensitisation of weaner calves and adult animals affecting non-pigmented areas; causing agitation, thickening and peeling of the skin. Thought to be due to photodynamic agents in clover and perennial ryegrass which appear to be highest during the spring.

Gradual introduction to lush spring pastures may assist in reducing the severity of Spring Eczema. Prevent access to toxic plants such as St Johns Wort, ragwort, Ngaio and rape and turnips.

Early detection and treatment are important with immediate removal from sunlight playing a key role.

  • Provide shade
  • reduce pasture intake
  • provide supplementary feed
  • apply sun blocks and disinfectant creams
  • anti-inflammatories are useful in the early stages.