Sheep Production

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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.

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.

Beef Benchmarking in Practice

Tuesday, 05 January 2021

Beef Benchmarking in Practice

The aim of beef benchmarking is to improve our methods of measuring, monitoring and improving performance in beef suckler herds.

AI in your Beef Herd

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

AI in your Beef Herd

When we discuss artificial insemination (AI) it is almost invariably in the context of the dairy industry. However, there are many benefits for commercial and pedigree suckler herds that adopt an AI breeding programme.

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