It is expected that pinkeye will be a more severe problem than normal this year.
A mild winter is often followed by a higher than usual fly population. Higher fly populations mean that the spread of diseases like pinkeye increases.
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Pinkeye is a highly contagious, infectious bacterial disease of the eye of cattle caused by Moraxella bovis (M. bovis).
It has a worldwide distribution. Although pinkeye is non-fatal, it has a marked economic impact on the cattle industry.
Costs resulting from decreased weight gain, milk production, and treatment were estimated to be $150 million in the U.S. alone, according to a 1993 study.