New Forest Eye

New Forest Eye is caused by a bacterium called Moraxella bovis, and is largely spread by flies in the summer months. Also known as Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis, or Pinkeye.

Clinical signs

  • increased tear production, often leading to overspilling and tear-staining of face
  • cloudy, then pink discolouration of the eye
  • corneal ulceration
  • cow unwilling to open eye or to be examined due to pain. Pain is more extreme in direct sunlight.


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