Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Michael Paton


Sheep, Caseous lymphadenitis, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, Disease control

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Cheesy gland is a widespread problem in Western Australian sheep flocks. Less than 1 per cent of flocks are free of this disease, and all sheep in one line of 550 cull ewes slaughtered at Katanning Abattoir were infected.

A study of what affects new cheesy gland . infection found that shower dipping and keeping sheep under cover after shearing increased new infections. Farmers who shower dip sheep should consider vaccinating them against cheesy gland. Sheep should be let out into the open as soon as possible after shearing.

The total cost of the disease in Australia is about $30 million annually, so it is important that efforts to increase cheesy gland control continue