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

Q&A: Mycoplasma bovis disease in cattle

Mycoplasma bovis (or M bovis) is a bacterial disease found in dairy and beef cattle. It can lead to serious illness in cattle affecting health and production. Farmers whose herds…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Q&A: What is haemonchus and how to prevent and treat it

Good worm control plays a pivotal role in the success or failure of a sheep flock. Get it wrong, and you could be left with stunted growth rates, gut damage…

DAIRY

5 must-haves to manage the modern dairy farm

Professionalism and attention to detail across the entire business is vital to ensure good technical performance and profitability on a year-round calving dairy unit. This is according to Lloyd Holterman,…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

4 common Johne’s mistakes and how to avoid them

Major progress has been made with Johne’s disease control on dairy units, but there are still common on-farm errors, according to veterinary surgeon Peter Orpin, director of Park Vet Group,…

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Case studies

MEDICINES

How a pig farmer has overcome salmonella in weaner piglets

Pig farmer David Kemp has managed to beat a nasty outbreak of salmonella, in the process cutting antibiotics use to less than 1mg/kg. Mr Kemp, who runs a farrow-to-finishing enterprise…

SHEEP

How remote parasite monitoring cuts labour and resistance

Fast and accurate faecal egg counts (FECs) are slowing the rate of anthelmintic resistance and saving on labour for a large Scottish Borders sheep operation. Farmers Weekly visited Bowhill Farming…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How dairy farm is controlling Johne's while buying-in cows

When Jonathan Lovegrove-Fielden decided to covert Longden Manor Farm back to an organic autumn-block and expand to 300 cows his farm manager, Colin Bowen, knew they would have to buy-in…

BOVINE TB

Video: Farmers living on the frontline of bovine TB

For farmers living in a high-risk area, bovine TB has a huge financial and emotional impact. We visit two farms in south-west Wales which have endured long-term breakdowns. Stephen and…

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Insights

LIVESTOCK

Vet Viewpoint: Blackleg, teaser rams and biosecurity

Blackleg, teaser tups and biosecurity are the main talking points among XL Vet across the UK this September. One vet also considers the revised assessment of the livestock sector’s effect…

BOVINE TB

Dairy farmers tell the real stories behind bovine TB statistics

Welsh dairy farmers have laid bare the huge emotional and financial costs of dealing with an outbreak of bovine TB. According to Defra’s latest bovine TB statistics, the total number…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Q&A: How cold plasma could reduce reliance on antibiotics

A cutting-edge laboratory investigating a new technology with the ability to reduce harmful chemicals and antibiotics in the food chain – and lessen the threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) –…

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News

SHEEP

Vets warn of autumn spike in pasteurellosis

Vets have warned sheep producers to protect store lambs against pasteurellosis, which sees a spike in the number of cases during the autumn. University of Nottingham veterinary pathologist student Katie…

BOVINE TB

Genome sequencing to provide bespoke programmes to fight TB

Genome sequencing could help farmers better understand what is causing TB breakdowns within their herds so they can create bespoke control programmes to tackle the infection.  It is one of…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vet Viewpoint: Tyre-wire disease, lungworm and ewe condition

Ewe condition before tupping, tyre wires in silage and lameness in housed sucklers are among the problems that occur later in the year, but have their roots in summer management.…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Meat infected with African Swine Fever found in UK

Traces of African swine fever (ASF) have been found in meat products seized at airports in Northern Ireland. The NI Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) said more…

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Test and reviews

DAIRY

Buyer's guide: Teat disinfection technology

As herd sizes increase and labour sourcing continues to create challenges, more farmers are turning to automated teat disinfection technologies to ease pressure in the parlour and promote efficiencies. Although…

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Video

MEDICINES

Antimicrobial resistance: How it works and why it's important

Antimicrobial resistance, and specifically antibiotics resistance, are high on the agenda for animal agriculture and veterinary medicine. Government and industry targets have been set for antibiotics reduction and antibiotics use is…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Video: How farmers are uniting to eradicate sheep scab

Sheep scab is a huge problem and if left untreated can affect a sheep's health and severely impact a sheep business. One mite is enough to spread the disease and…

LIVESTOCK

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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