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CCN Crisis Ireland

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 Cerebralcortico Necrosis (CCN)

What is it?

CCN is a condition that affects growing cattle and sheep. The cause is not fully understood, however it is linked with a deficiency of vitamin B1 (Thiamine). Thiamine is critical for the cellular activity in the brain, water and electrolyte balance, and it can lead to a lactate accumulation in the muscles.

When does it occur?

Typically, CCN occurs in outbreaks. It can be associated with high-concentrate rations, low roughage diets (particularly lush grass with high levels of sugars and low in structural fibre). It has appeared in well-nourished calves that suddenly have found themselves on a poorer plane of nutrition.

How to identify suspected cases?

Affected animals will typically isolate themselves from the group, be of ill thrift and may stagger on walking. Blindness can occur and animals may react abnormally to sudden touch and loud noises. As the condition worsens, the animals may push their heads into the corner and grind their teeth. Seizures can occur in the very late cases, and if left untreated, death can occur.

How to prevent CCN?

Supplementation with vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is critical if suspected cases present themselves on farm. Other options include reducing the amount of concentrate fed and increasing the amount of physical effective fibre in the diet.

Help prevent your calves from contracting CCN with the use of ImmuBoost Calf Grower mineral lick.

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