Know How / Livestock diseases

Expert advice on identifying and treating livestock diseases such as BVD, Johne’s disease, leptospirosis in cattle, navel ill in calves, orf in sheep, watery mouth in lambs and swine fever in pigs. See the latest thinking on controlling parasitic diseases and worms such as liver fluke and lungworm.

Advice and tips

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

A complete guide to leptospirosis in cattle

Leptospirosis is a serious, contagious, infectious disease found in cattle. Known as lepto, leptospirosis can affect other domestic animals, including dogs and sheep. Failure to control the disease can not…

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UK African Swine Fever risk level raised after new outbreaks

The government has raised the risk status of African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the UK after the latest outbreak in eastern Europe saw 180,000 pigs culled. Almost 750 confirmed cases…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Vet Viewpoint: Advice on dairy heat stress and Johne's

Unsurprisingly, the heatwave has raised issues for vets across the UK. Rob Davies from Camarthenshire and David McCrea from Cumbria are both warning farmers to beware of heat stress and…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How to deal with mineral deficiency when rain follows drought

Drought-like conditions in the summer cause numerous issues for livestock farmers, not least the concern of potential forage shortages later in the year. Producers also need to be aware of…

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Archive

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hot early summer spell affected baconers

I mentioned last month that we recently started on a five-week batch system. I say recently, but we have actually been serving for a year now. The main reason for…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Will zinc ban increase our antibiotics use?

Zinc oxide or the threatened removal of it in our early piglet diets are causing quite a stir within the industry. Historically all our weaner creep feeds have had zinc…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: We need stability in milk

A day is a long time in politics, and as I begin to put my thoughts together on what to write, low and behold a general election has been called.…

Mass hatch of nematodirus feared as weather warms

Sheep farmers must be on guard against nematodirus now the weather has warmed up to avoid devastating losses, warns independent sheep specialist Lesley Stubbings. "Such a sudden change from cold…

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Case studies

SHEEP

How Glos farm reduced lamb losses to half the UK average

Gloucestershire sheep farmers Martin and Pauhla Whitaker have been placing a big emphasis on flock health, in the belief that if animals are healthy it will help them be more…

BEEF

Couple makes success of farming on remote Orkney island

Healthy and efficient animals are a must for Neil and Jocelyn Rendall, who farm one of the most remote and smallest Orkney islands. The Isle of Papa Westray (“Papay”), one…

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How a farmer tackled watery mouth without antibiotics

Shropshire sheep and beef farmer James Evans was concerned about the effect the routine use of antibiotics, used to tackle disease at lambing, was having on the health of his…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Better ventilation reduces pneumonia in calf-rearing system

Jonathan Hames switched from dairy to beef farming two years ago when the milk price crisis took its toll. Familiar with managing dairy youngstock, he changed to rearing Aberdeen Angus-cross…

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Insights

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Farm trial aims to solve risk of fluke-infected snails

A technique which identifies the presence of mud snails infected with fluke is being used to help Welsh farms determine fields posing the greatest risk to animals. The presence of…

BOVINE TB

What a new bovine TB test trial in Devon means for farmers

At an undisclosed farm location in Devon, leading vet Dick Sibley, director of West Ridge Veterinary Practice in Tiverton, is trialling a novel TB management package, including two new tests,…

MEDICINES

Sector-specific antibiotics targets and what they mean

Sector-specific targets surrounding antibiotics use have been developed by a “targets taskforce” made up of farmers and vets and facilitated by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance. Targets vary for…

SHEEP

Wormer trial shows faecal egg counting can cut drench costs

A research project has found using new technology and faecal egg counting can help halve drench use and save money and time. The Techion Group/Sainsbury’s project, looking at remote location…

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News

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

African swine fever detected in Belgium

UK pig producers are being warned to be on "higher alert" following the detection of African swine fever in wild boars in Belgium. The Belgian food safety agency confirmed yesterday…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Livestock farmers urged not to be complacent about fluke

Beef, dairy and sheep farmers are being urged to consider the continuing risk of liver fluke in their flocks and herds this autumn. Experts from the Sustainable Control Of Parasites…

LIVESTOCK

UK African Swine Fever risk level raised after new outbreaks

The government has raised the risk status of African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the UK after the latest outbreak in eastern Europe saw 180,000 pigs culled. Almost 750 confirmed cases…

BOVINE TB

Badger cull farmers' details published by activists

An animal rights group has published the names, addresses and phone numbers of farmers signed up to the badger cull in the west of England. Stop The Cull has created…

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Video

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Video: How automated drench gun could cut resistance

Newton Rigg College is one of the first places in the country to be using an automated drench gun, which administers the correct dose of medicine based on the exact…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Video: Herdsman’s tips on beating ischaemic teat necrosis

Dairy farmers must invest time and effort in checking the front of teats during milking to catch ischaemic teat necrosis (ITN) early in order to have any hope of curing…

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How to vaccinate for orf disease in lambs

Orf is a highly contagious virus in sheep that causes infection to the skin, particularly around the lips and occasionally in the mouth. It can lead to reduced growth rates…

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VIDEO: Farmer tells of bovine TB heartache

A Shropshire farmer has told of his sadness at having to wind down his herd of beef cattle because of bovine TB. Mervin Mullard has lost 133 cattle to bovine…

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