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8 May 2020

8 May 2020

EVG Sheep Team
Sheep Worm Control
The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group is an industry-led group that recognises resistance to the products used to control parasites is one of the biggest challenges to the future health and profitability of the UK sheep industry.

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1 May 2020

1 May 2020

EVG Beef Team
Cattle Parasite Control
The main culprits are Ostertagia ostertagii and Cooperia oncophora. These worms cause thickening of gastrointestinal walls which reduces nutrient absorption and leads to poor digestion. Obvious clinical signs (Table 1) tend to only be seen in young calves in their first grazing season.

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24 April 2020

24 April 2020

EVG Dairy Team
Making Good Grass Silage
One of the most important times of the year, silage making, is just around the corner. In this blog post Jim provides a quick refresher on what we’re trying to achieve and what the chemistry is of the most.

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17 April 2020

17 April 2020

EVG Smallholders Team
Chicken Husbandry for the Smallholder
Over the past decade pet birds have grown hugely in popularity; in 2020 domestic fowl can be found in over 3% of households, with more people owning chickens than horses! However, adopting fowl is often easy and cheap, but it’s important to understand what’s involved in providing poultry with everything they need to be happy and healthy before taking on these feathered friends.

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13 March 2020

13 March 2020

EVG Sheep
Early lamb growth and Production
A subject which is focused on every year, but each year still doesn’t become any less important! With the changing weather and seasons, especially after the warm wet winter we have had, parasite control can be an unpredictable problem on many sheep farms.

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28 February 2020

28 February 2020

EVG Beef Team
Safe Handling for TB Testing
Year after year, serious injuries occur on farms while handling cattle. Often these incidents are a consequence of using ineffective methods or inadequate equipment. We must be aware that work with cattle is always associated with a risk of injury from crushing, kicking, butting or goring. Therefore, when moving cattle, great care must be taken and we must never underestimate the strength, speed, or behaviour of any animal – regardless of their size.

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14 February 2020

14 February 2020

EVG Dairy Team
Antimicrobial Usage Update
Antimicrobial usage (AMU) within food producing animals has been under public scrutiny in recent years, with pressure to reduce general usage as well as the use of Highest Priority Critically Important Antibiotics (HP-CIAs) coming from milk buyers and assurance companies. This article aims to highlight the good that has already been done and also areas to look at in order to further reduce usage on farm.

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31 January 2020

31 January 2020

EVG Vets Team
What to expect when you’re expecting
In this blog we will cover normal parturition, when to intervene, when to call the vet and how to care for your new-borns.

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17 January 2020

17 January 2020

EVG Sheep
Are your ewes fit for lambing?
Lambing is all about preparation, whether it’s ensuring ewes are in good body condition scores (BCS), utilising vaccines or managing your singles, twins and triplets appropriately. Good management over the whole year is vital for the success of spring, ensuring ewes are best prepared for lambing so all your hard work pays off.

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27 December 2019

27 December 2019

EVG Beef Team
Cattle Injection Sites
Despite being the most common intramuscular injection site in cattle, it has been shown that there are significant risks associated with injecting cattle in the rump using what were previously thought to be safe techniques. Damage can be caused to the sciatic nerve either directly by the needle or indirectly by injection site lesions (ISLs). This can be avoided by using the injection site suggested above and using good injection technique. Injecting into the muscles of the neck is an alternative and is recommended provided it can be performed safely.

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02 December 2019

02 December 2019

EVG Dairy Team
Comparison of Heat Detection Methods in Dairy Cows
Improved heat detection is one of the largest contributing factors in generating an increased number of pregnancies in a herd. By better detecting heats, the hope is that we can create those pregnancies earlier in lactation. In turn, this will mean we can reduce the average days in milk (DIM) of the herd, improving feed conversion efficiency and increasing milk yield - all with the same cows, in the same system.

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25 July 2018

25 July 2018

EVG Dairy Team
Make Sure Your Calves Have Enough Colostrum
Ensuring your calves are getting adequate colostrum cannot be stressed enough.

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17 July 2018

17 July 2018

EVG Vets Team
ECSRHM Scientific Meeting and AGM
As well as providing first class care for your animals, EVG vets have international reputations.

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25 June 2018

25 June 2018

EVG Sheep
Ram Pre-Tupping Testing
Do you trust your clinical skills to detect subtle changes linked to reduced fertility in your rams pre-tupping? Yet, you are certainly aware of the catastrophic consequences of using sub-fertile rams.

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12 March 2018

12 March 2018

EVG Sheep
Sheep Lameness
Sheep lameness can cause severe problems in many flocks and understandably remains an area of concern for many shepherds and smallholders. The change in weather towards milder winters and wetter summers means the prevalence of lameness has increased. In the past few years there has been growing evidence that lameness should be managed by methods that contradict the traditional approaches which can lead to confusion so we hope that this article can help clarify the approaches to treatment and prevention.

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