Vector-borne diseases: Bluetongue and Schmallenberg!

Rob Hall gives an update on two important diseases, both of which are spread by biting midges and are currently causing issues in the UK.

Bluetongue Virus

Bluetongue is an infectious viral disease, which was first detected in the 1700s. It is widely found in many parts of North Africa […]

2024-02-07T15:42:29+00:00February 7th, 2024|Beef, Dairy, Infectious Diseases, Sheep|

Can you afford to neglect your breeding plan?

Rob Hall discusses how ‘right-sizing’ your breeding plan can add profit to your farm while helping you breed cows which are better for your business.

From 1st November 2021 Red Tractor has required all assured dairy farms to have a written breeding and management plan to summarise a farm’s breeding […]

2021-12-10T13:16:55+00:00December 10th, 2021|Dairy, Fertility, Management|

Dairy Talk: Common mistakes of the transition period

The transition period is the most important part of the cow’s lactation cycle. A well-managed transition will result in a smooth entry into lactation with minimal metabolic disorders such as milk fever or ketosis and an uncomplicated return to ovarian cyclicity. It is easy to overlook the transition cows and […]

2021-07-14T15:05:40+00:00July 14th, 2021|Dairy|

Mycobacterium Avium Paratuberculosis – Johne’s

…also known as MAP, the bacteria which causes Johne’s Disease.

This small bacterium was first described in the late 19th century. Initially it was believed cattle were the sole hosts but we now know MAP infects a range of other species including sheep and goats.

Many of you will be familiar with […]

2018-12-11T12:50:34+00:00December 11th, 2018|Beef, Dairy, Infectious Diseases|
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