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Calving in Dairy herds

It’s well worth reviewing the basics of calf rearing on your farm before the new arrivals make an appearance. Vet gives some pointers. Many of our clients are now stocking up for a busy spring for calving. It’s well worth reviewing the basics of calf-rearing on your farm before the new arrivals make an appearance. …

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How to inject livestock?

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Antibiotics use falling in the UK

  Reducing antibiotics use is part of plans to combat drug-resistant diseases. The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) recorded record low sales of antibiotics for use in livestock last year and more ambitious targets are on the way.  According to a new government report to be published this Friday, sales of …

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Cerebrocortical Necrosis (CCN)

Cerebrocortical necrosis (CCN) – a nervous disease in cattle and sheep caused by disrupted thiamine production in the body.  One evening recently, a client phoned saying he had a bullock that was on grass and behaving very unusually. He was falling on the ground and paddling, trying to get up but on getting his legs …

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Finishing Beef cattle this winter

Outlined are 10 steps which can help you to make finishing cattle a more profitable operation for your farm business. 1 Budget: before you decide to finish cattle, you should carry out a few simple sums to see what costs are going to be involved in bringing the animal through to point of slaughter. Always use …

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Shortage of Vets

The Brexit referendum is taking its toll on the veterinary industry, with one in five saying that recruitment is harder.  The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is concerned about the recruitment and retention of staff post-Brexit. They told the UK Migration Advisory Committee this week that if there are no appropriate immigration measures put in place …

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Clipping cattle going into beef units

Clipping hair off the back of cattle can help reduce animals overheating in sheds, especially in weanlings or intensively fed cattle, as it helps to keep animals cooler and reduces heat stress in a heavily stocked shed. When clipping cattle, the more hair removed from the animal’s back, the better. Taking at least three runs …

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WHO on antibiotics

The World Health Organization has recommended that farmers and those involved in the production of food stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. The recommendations are part of new guidelines from the WHO on what constitutes inappropriate use of antibiotics in the food chain, with the aim of tackling one …

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Dosing – no longer a blanket approach

Heavy worm and fluke burdens can cause large reductions in animal performance.   Due to the recent poor weather and deteriorating ground conditions, housing is a hot topic. When we consider housing, the next thing that springs to mind is dosing. It is well known that heavy worm and fluke burdens can cause large reductions …

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Minimising disease in weanlings at housing

The main problem encountered by farmers currently housing weanlings is the dreaded pneumonia. When an outbreak occurs, it has a huge financial effect, which sometimes goes undetected. Sure, we all see the cost in an expensive weanling bought in the mart dying due to the disease and the expensive drugs used to treat animals infected, …

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