Learning what bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is and how it is spread is crucial in understanding how it can be prevented and controlled in cattle herds
Good cow management is critical to the success of any beef or dairy farm. The health and welfare of a cow and the knock on effects on production and profitability, is all determined by the level of management and attention to detail. This course looks at different aspects of cow management, such as building design.
Animal diseases are a serious drain on cattle profits and productivity. Yet the number and percentage of individual herds infected with one disease or another is still unacceptably high. These modules provide guidance on identifying the diseases and symptoms of some of the most debilitating diseases in cattle - and how to avoid them.
Endoparasites (inside the animal) and ectoparasites (outside the animal) adversely affect animal health and performance. Worms are becoming increasingly difficult to control using anthelmintics (wormers) and there is a growing problem of resistance to understand and deal with. Sheep Scab is an animal welfare issue and can reduce animal performance. This course cover worms and scab with more modules to come.
Grass is a crop just like any other arable crop. It requires regular inspection and good management to the reap rewards in better nutritional value and animal performance.
Managing weeds in grass for grazing or conservation is crucial to maximise its nutritional value and ensure efficient animal utilisation and performance. High levels of weeds in grass swards not only reduce pasture’s nutritional value, but restrict grazing areas. Most weeds reduce the nutrition of the sward and provide excessive competition for valuable grasses, particularly in newly-sown leys. In this course, grassland weed specialists Mark Ballingall from SAC and Mark Palmer from Agrovista offer their advice on the common problem grassland weeds, their growth habit and their management using well-timed herbicide applications.
Endoparasites (inside the animal) and ectoparasites (outside the animal) adversely affect animal health and performance. In this course the modules cover worms, flukes and lice. Worms are becoming increasingly difficult to control using anthelmintics (wormers) and there is a growing problem of resistance for cattle and sheep farmers to understand and deal with. Fluke is a growing problem and condemnations of carcases have soared over the past 10 years. Lice are a particular problem in calves where they can cause irritation and anaemia.
Putting the herd out to grass in the spring is a welcome opportunity to maximise the feed value of your pasture and cut back on bought-in feeds. Managing the transition can be tricky and needs careful handling in order to achieve full livestock gain and or milk production potential. These four academy modules give guidance to you and your vet on the key issues and what is needed to improve herd health, welfare and ultimately the business bottom line during this critical transition.
The dry period is a critical time, which sets up a dairy cow up for its next lactation. It can also be a high-risk time for intramammary infections, with 60% of mastitis cases linked to this time. Farmers Weekly’s Transition Cow Management course aims to equip farmers with the know-how to prevent any potential problems throughout the dry period.
Managing grassweeds in an arable rotation is becoming ever-more challenging as herbicide resistance increases, the industry loses active ingredients approved for use and as pressure increases on protecting water courses. Effective control requires combining cultural and chemical techniques such as delayed drilling, using stale seedbeds and getting herbicide application timings right. At the heart of effective control is minimising weed seed return within rotations and testing for herbicide resistance if it is suspected.