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Bumblefoot

Tuesday, 08 March 2022

Bumblefoot

The recent wet and stormy weather combined with the current Avian Flu restrictions in place for all poultry (likely to last until at least April) mean we are seeing cases of Bumblefoot on the rise.

Early lamb losses and reducing antibiotic use

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Early lamb losses and reducing antibiotic use

Lamb losses can have a huge impact on welfare, production and farmer morale. It can be multifactorial but also highly variable depending on the individual farm and production system.

Strategies for rearing calves at low temperatures

Friday, 28 January 2022

Strategies for rearing calves at low temperatures

Body temperature regulation in calves develops with the age. Newborns are less equipped to deal with a cold environment than older calves. Therefore, the adaptation of the young dairy calf to a cold environment is mainly dependent upon the availability of adequate housing, management and nutrition.

Dealing with Dystocia

Friday, 07 January 2022

Dealing with Dystocia

Lambing is a stressful but rewarding time of year and as 2022 starts, vets start to prepare for “spring”, our busiest time of year. This article aims to give you advice on stage 2 of parturition; delivery of the foetus. The focus is on ewes, but many of the same principles apply to cows.

Ketosis

Friday, 26 November 2021

Ketosis

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Perhaps you would be able to predict which animals would fall unwell, before it happened? Or perhaps you would be able to see into the future and prevent animals getting ill in the first place? And what if I told you that in some circumstances, we can already achieve this?

Lameness in Sheep

Friday, 01 October 2021

Lameness in Sheep

Lameness is a huge problem in the UK sheep industry.

BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea)

Friday, 03 September 2021

BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea)

BVD is a virus that causes reproductive and immunosuppressive problems within both beef and dairy herds.

Focusing on Calf Diarrhoea

Friday, 25 June 2021

Focusing on Calf Diarrhoea

Calf diarrhoea continues to be a commonly discussed and managed issue affecting both beef and dairy enterprises on a regular basis.

To Disbud or Not to Disbud?

Friday, 11 June 2021

To Disbud or Not to Disbud?

Disbudding is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in goats. Disbudding is considered a mutilation under the law of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but is recognised as a procedure that can be carried out for non- therapeutic reasons.

Thin ewes

Friday, 28 May 2021

Thin ewes

With most of your lambs weaned, depending when you lambed, now might be the time to start taking a closer look at your ewes who have worked hard for you over the last few months.

Synchronisation protocols for the beef herd

Friday, 14 May 2021

Synchronisation protocols for the beef herd

Synchronisation is the use of veterinary prescribed drugs to manipulate the female reproductive cycle to enable ovulation to occur at a known set time period.

Annual Antimicrobial Usage Update

Friday, 30 April 2021

Annual Antimicrobial Usage Update

A recent report outlined the results from the first set of targets set out in 2015 by RUMA. The main targets for the dairy sector involved reducing intramammary lactating doses, intramammary dry cow doses and injectable HP-CIAs, as well as increasing teat sealant use.

FLUKE 101

Saturday, 24 April 2021

FLUKE 101

Identifying a case of fluke can be tricky, veterinary advice should be sought if you are concerned as diagnosing fluke will require an understanding of your animals’ management, the signs they are showing, along with any testing, such as blood sampling and fluke egg counts.

Colostrum

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Colostrum

“A strong, healthy lamb, up and sucking within 15 minutes of birth has a 90–95% chance of still being alive 90 days later.”

Foot and Mouth Disease 20 Years On

Thursday, 01 April 2021

Foot and Mouth Disease 20 Years On

The first case of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak was identified in Essex on 19th February with a second diagnosed 300 miles away in Northumberland only four days later.

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