Redwater, ticks and old grass [Ireland]

Ute Bohnsack sustag at
Fri Oct 2 07:58:47 EDT 1998

Dear all,
at a recent farm visit a cattle farmer pointed out that his obligation to fence
off watercourses as part of an agri-environmental scheme presented him with a
new problem. He claimed that the rank, old grass behind the fence would lead to
increased numbers of ticks which in turn increases the risk of Redwater
(Clostridium novyi Type D infection) occuring in his herd.

Does anyone on these lists have any evidence (incidental/scientific) for an
increase in tick populations in rank, old grass or any general
information/recommendations on how to avoid Redwater infection?

Many thanks in advance.

Ute Bohnsack
Co. Clare
mailto:sustag at

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