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Investigating Poor Fertility in Beef Herds

Friday, 17 June 2022

Investigating Poor Fertility in Beef Herds

We have previously discussed beef benchmarking (January 2021) but what do you do when things aren’t going to plan?

Worm Control in Cattle

Friday, 01 April 2022

Worm Control in Cattle

A recent assessment of the economic burden of major gastrointestinal parasites in cattle and sheep, estimated an annual cost for the 18 participating countries of €1.8 billion.

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.

Haemonchus

Friday, 23 July 2021

Haemonchus

Haemonchus contortus (the Barber’s Pole worm) affects both lambs and adult sheep, feeding on blood through the stomach wall.

Lameness in Beef Cattle

Friday, 09 July 2021

Lameness in Beef Cattle

Lameness in the beef herd has not received the same attention as with dairy cattle.

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.

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