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

6 tips if vaccinating your flock for orf

Vaccinating sheep for orf can be an important step in addressing the costly condition in flocks, but care needs to be taken when using the vaccine, experts warn. The orf…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

A guide to ASF and how to minimise the risk on your pig farm

African Swine Fever (ASF) is spreading westwards across Europe and has recently been detected in wild boar populations just across the channel, in Belgium. Amid warnings of potentially dire consequences…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Winter housing: How to deal with lice in cattle

Lice in cattle cause intense irritation, causing animals to scratch and rub. Not only can this become a welfare issue, but it can have severe consequences on productivity through reduced…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How to prevent IBR disease in your beef herd

Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. In serious cases, it can lead to pneumonia, particularly in calves. Between them, the diseases can have a significant impact…

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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…

LIVESTOCK

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

Why dairy farmers should tackle Johne's now

In less than two weeks (by 31 October) farmers supplying purchasing members of the National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP) – which represents 82% of the UK supply – will need…

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…

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News

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vaccine use rises while antibiotic use falls in cattle

The number of vaccine doses sold for use in cattle increased by 15% between 2011 and 2017, according to a new report. The report, published by the AHDB, coincides with…

LIVESTOCK

NI farmer fined for BVD-related movement offences

A livestock farmer in Northern Ireland has been fined £750 for breaching cattle movement rules aimed at preventing the spread of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD). Noel Henry Thornton, from Cam…

SHEEP

Wales calls for more holistic approach to sheep scab control

A more holistic approach to stopping sheep scab is necessary, including neighbours working together on scab control, says a new report. The report has been created by Welsh farming unions,…

BOVINE TB

Bovine TB government strategy: Review's main findings

Renewed efforts are needed to combat the scourge of bovine tuberculosis, says a report which calls for the establishment of a new independent body to combat the disease. The livestock…

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Video

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…

LIVESTOCK

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…

LIVESTOCK

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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