Many cattle producers find themselves doing battle this summer with eye irritations in their herds, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

"The source of the irritations likely is the pinkeye bacteria, Moraxella bovis," said Cole.

Pinkeye results in lost weight, reduction of gains and reduced value as feeder cattle or breeding stock. According to Cole, pinkeye costs the industry lots of money when it strikes.

"I've visited with cattle owners and veterinarians in the area, and the eye problems are widespread and they started earlier in 2010 than usual," said Cole.

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