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Expert advice on identifying and treating livestock diseases and farmer case studies on successful management plans.

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All you need to know about leptospirosis in beef cattle

Leptospirosis is endemic in many beef herds and has important public health implications. There is evidence of the disease in 63% of beef herds, but it is difficult to know…

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Vet Viewpoint: Advice on flies, BVD, coccidiosis and mastitis

Summer has arrived across the country, bringing with it a host of issues for the vets in this month’s Vet Viewpoint. In this edition, vets from around the country offer…

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How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

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Q&A: How to prevent and treat ringworm in cattle

Ringworm is a very common and highly transmissible skin infection, passed between both cattle and humans. It causes intense irritation and can affect growth rates and damage hides, but steps…

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How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

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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Q&A: How to prevent and treat ringworm in cattle

Ringworm is a very common and highly transmissible skin infection, passed between both cattle and humans. It causes intense irritation and can affect growth rates and damage hides, but steps…

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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…

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Case studies

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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…

MEDICINES

How a dairy farmer saved £60,000 in mastitis control

Implementation of the AHDB dairy mastitis control plan (DMCP) at one Shropshire farm has seen incidences of the condition halved in three years despite the milking herd increasing. In 2014…

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Insights

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Q&A: How to prevent and treat ringworm in cattle

Ringworm is a very common and highly transmissible skin infection, passed between both cattle and humans. It causes intense irritation and can affect growth rates and damage hides, but steps…

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

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Johne's management plan deadline nears for farmers

Farmers are being reminded to act immediately to ensure they are compliant with the national Johne’s management plan (NJMP) by the October deadline. By 31 October 2018, all farmers supplying…

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£5m fund announced to tackle BVD in England

Beef and dairy farmers in England can benefit from a new £5.7m funding package to tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). The money, announced by Farming Minister George Eustice today (21…

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Bizarre cowpox diagnosis for 15-year-old on Welsh farm

A teenager has been diagnosed with the 18th century disease, cowpox after feeding cattle on a farm on the Wrexham-Cheshire border. The unnamed 15-year old contracted the believed-to-be extinct disease…

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Vet Viewpoint: Advice on flies, BVD, coccidiosis and mastitis

Summer has arrived across the country, bringing with it a host of issues for the vets in this month’s Vet Viewpoint. In this edition, vets from around the country offer…

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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…

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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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