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Dairy news and advice from the LLM Farm Vets team in Shropshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire.

What parasite control do you need to think about this month?

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 […]

2021-02-17T16:56:28+00:00February 17th, 2021|Beef, Dairy, Management, News, Sheep|

Vaccinate against lungworm pre-turnout, or cough up later

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 […]

2021-02-17T16:53:54+00:00February 17th, 2021|Dairy, Management, Youngstock|

So what is Mycoplasma Bovis?

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 […]

2020-12-09T16:38:39+00:00December 9th, 2020|Dairy, Management, News, Youngstock|

Introducing Feet First – our vet led mobility management service

A long term dream of mine to launch a Mobility Management service at LLM finally became reality with the arrival on 1st October of our very own professional cattle hoof trimmer – Chris Smith; he was followed in quick time a few days later by his state of the art […]

2020-11-11T16:02:27+00:00November 11th, 2020|Dairy, Lameness, News|

Keeping one step ahead of Salmonella this Autumn…

Around the Autumn Equinox we often see an increase in Salmonella cases with greater inclement weather and closer cow contact. Vicky goes through why and how best to keep on top of it in the coming weeks.

The main cost of Salmonella infection comes from decreased milk yield in subclinically […]

2020-10-15T14:25:24+00:00October 15th, 2020|Beef, Dairy, Infectious Diseases, Youngstock|

Taking the irritation out of fly control

The relatively mild and extremely wet winter has potentially failed to kill off over-wintering fly populations – so much so that as the weather warms up there could be an explosion in insects that both irritate ruminant livestock and transmit diseases.

Climate change is also influencing the way entomologists and animal […]

2020-07-15T11:11:18+00:00July 15th, 2020|Beef, Dairy|

Mastdecide – Making Mastitis Treatment Decisions Easier

There is no denying that as an industry we are constantly working towards reduced antibiotic usage and ensuring that we use them as responsibly and appropriately as possible. Mastitis is often an area where antibiotics may be used as part of a treatment protocol but ensuring that this is the […]

2020-07-13T16:03:07+00:00July 13th, 2020|Dairy, Mastitis|

Soilt Testing: The experience is as valuable as the results

Lots or people are talking about it and one day, it may even play a role in subsidy. Healthy soil is actually a living entity with >5,000 species and more individual organisms in one handful as there have ever been humans on Earth.

But what does healthy soil mean? There is […]

2020-06-19T14:56:04+00:00June 19th, 2020|Beef, Dairy, Management, Sheep|
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