Pinkeye in cattle


Pinkeye is a painful, debilitating condition that can severely affect animal productivity.

Pinkeye (infectious bovine kerato-conjunctivitis, or IBK) is a bacterial infection of the eye that causes inflammation and, in severe cases, temporary or permanent blindness. Most cattle producers will be familiar with pinkeye, but may not know how best to treat it and minimise its spread within a herd.

This Primefact looks at:

  • cause of pinkeye
  • predisposing factors
  • methods of spread
  • diagnosis
  • progress of disease
  • treatment
  • long-term prevention.


Primefact 336 First Edition

Published: Jan 2007