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Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:24am

Rams:

Poor conception rates (too many barren ewes) are mostly due to sub-fertile rams, so being sure your rams will work is critical to a productive lambing.

Sperm production takes 49 days (7 weeks), so it takes that long for a ram to become fertile again after any problems.

Production can be disrupted by lameness (because inflammatory markers spread through the blood stream), fever (because sperm production is very...

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:22am

Abortion Vaccines:

If you’re using vaccines against toxoplasma and enzootic abortion, these need to be given 1 month before the rams go in. Please order toxovax in plenty of time as it is only manufactured after orders have been placed and therefore takes longer to come in than most.

Worming:

Fit ewes should not need worming pre-tupping but thin ewes should be done. Fluke treatment may be a good idea depending on risk – given the wet...

Monday, 7 August 2017 - 4:28pm

We now have a brand new programme of FarmSkills training, please click the link to view on our website - training dates.

To enable us to continue offering courses that are relevant to you, we would like to invite you to take part in a questionnaire.

It will take less than 2 minutes to complete and you can remain anonymous.

Please click the link to take the survey most...

Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 2:31pm

1) Medicinal

Medicinal products are available which can help to control flies. Talk to us about the different options – we are now stocking Dectospot Spot On at a competitive price.

2) Target Larvae Development

Manure, spilled feed or any moist, organic matter can act as larvae development sites.  Either ensure the prompt removal of such matter or use an insecticide growth regulator, such as cyromazine.  It works by preventing larvae...

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 - 2:23pm

We are going to focus on 2 types of Vector Borne disease - Summer Mastitis and Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis. 

Summer Mastitis

Summer mastitis generally occurs in non-lactating animals (cows and heifers) during the summer months. It is a bacterial disease caused by a number of bacteria acting together (synergistically).  It is believed to be spread primarily by the fly Hydrotea irritans.

In cattle, large...

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 - 1:22pm

Flies are notorious for causing problems to cattle both by their nuisance factor and by transmitting diseases between animals.

In the UK there are at least 20 species of fly which feed on cattle.  Different species of flies feed on different secretions or tissues.  Some pierce the skin and feed on blood; while others feed on sweat, skin secretions, saliva, or tears (some flies also feed on urine or faeces).

There are two ways in which flies cause harm to cattle:

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017 - 12:32pm

The National Johnes Management Plan – What is it?

The National Johne’s Management Plan has been developed to help provide strategies to manage the control of Johne’s Disease on your farm.

PHASE II of the NJMP seeks to manage and reduce the incidence of Johne’s disease on farms through implementing one of the six strategies agreed by the group, and monitored on each farm by trained vets

Why bother?

Johnes is a complicated disease and any control...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 5:14pm

We all know that excessive negative energy balance around calving causes problems - including poor fertility, LDAs and lameness.

Preventing this negative energy balance and the mobilisation of body fat reserves it causes, requires a multi-pronged approach.  

Body condition scoring tends to rely on a lot of things going right; on most farms there is the potential for one or more parts of the jigsaw to change, often without really being noticed until suddenly a problem is...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 1:22pm

We now have a brand new programme of FarmSkills training, please click the link to view our comprehensive list of FarmSkills Courses for 2017.

To enable us to continue offering courses that are relevant to you, we would like to invite you to take part in a questionnaire.  It will take less than 2 minutes to complete and you can remain anonymous.

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Monday, 26 June 2017 - 4:16pm

COWS - The industry body providing guidance on parasite management, have produced a new guide to liver fluke treatment for bought in cattle to minimise the chances of introducing resistant fluke.

Click the link, to download the pdf if you're considering buying any stock this summer/autumn.

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