Brucellosis, Cattle diseases.
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Brucellosis, or contagious abortion as it is commonly called, seems to have been introduced into Western Australia with early importation of cattle from the Eastern States and during the period of rapid expansion which took place between the two World Wars it exacted a heavy toll. Abortion storms which caused the loss of more than half of the calf drop were common, and infertility was rife. More important was the heavy loss of production arising form failure of aborting cows to return to full lactation and the long interval that often elapsed before they were again safely in calf.
Toop, C. R.
"Brucellosis (Contagious abortion, Bang's disease) of cattle,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 4
, Article 9.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol4/iss4/9