With the cold and wet weather still upon us, it may seem a little early to be planning for turn out, but it is the perfect time to look back at last year and reflect on what parasite challenges you may have faced last season and start preparing for turn […]
Being sure to use quarantine treatments on bought-in animals will reduce the risk of bringing wormer resistant parasites onto your farm. Planning ahead for this can bring a host of benefits, but there are a few additional prevention areas we can look at as well.
1. Breeding your own replacements
If you heard your cattle coughing at grass last autumn, this means they could have been harbouring lungworm burdens that compromise growth rates and lifetime milking performance. Most lungworm cases are reported at the back end of the grazing season.
Unfortunately, lungworm larvae can overwinter on pasture and in carrier […]
With the days getting longer it will soon be lambing time! Having recently completed a scanning course with a focus on identifying ewes carrying multiple lambs, I am reminded how challenging these can be, both to find on an ultrasound and to manage close to their due date.
Ensuring your ewes […]
Rob Hall takes a look at the latest research behind monitoring and treating ketosis. Hyperketonaemia, more commonly known as ketosis or ‘slow fever’ is defined as elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood.
Ketone bodies are generated by cows as an energy source in response to a lack of available […]
Since the launch of our Feet First service, Chris has been flying out trimming across the practice area, so thank you for your support! Lameness
Winter always brings with it uncertainty when it comes to weather. When the weather deteriorates the necessity for housing is likely and we’ll start to see an increase in foot problems in sheep. Sarah Hampson gives us a rundown of the most common causes of lameness, how to identify […]
The diagnosis of Mycoplasma bovis is becoming more and more common on dairy farms, it can cause disease in both calves and adult cattle. It is a notoriously difficult bug to treat, and even then vaccination has historically proved difficult.
We have previously relied onautogenous vaccine (those producedin a lab […]
In show business, they say never work with children or animals because, despite best intentions, accidents can happen. With housing upon us, animals will no doubt find inventive ways to hurt themselves in buildings which were thought to be safe. As we continuously aim to reduce antibiotic use, we are […]
Many of you, like me, may think it’s too late in the season to be thinking about parasites, but the truth is …parasites are persistent little blighters that never ever give up!
So, I have done a bit of research of the main culprits and pulled together some key bits […]