Mycoplasma: The Human and Animal Cost

7th March 2017
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Mycoplasma: The Human and Animal Cost

Poor milk quality, pneumonia, lameness and arthritis, eye infections/conjunctivitis or ear disease in livestock can be a sign of Mycoplasma. 

This is "an emerging disease" with "devastating economic effects on a diary farm" (Farmers Guardian, 2016) including significant impact on beef and sheep farms. 

The Revd Professor Stella Mills (a volunteer agricultural chaplain with Rural Action Derbyshire) will shared the results of her research, partly with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), followed by a talk by Neil Howie from Nantwich Veterinary Group who has been researching the disease for some time. 

RAD has set up a page on the website as a resource for farmers and other agricultural workers and veterinary practices to find out more about this debilitating disease. This includes the Stella's presentation, a 50 minute You Tube webinar from the AHDB and a paper by the Cattle Health & Welfare Group. 

If you can provide first hand experience of Mycoplasma or would like more information on this 'emerging disease', please contact Revd Stella Mills on 07486 314738 or email

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