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

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,…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Erysipelas in pigs: detection, treatment and prevention

Erysipelas is a bacterial infection of pigs that usually causes red lesions on the skin, fever, depressed appetite and in some cases, arthritis, reproductive issues and septicemia. Quick and effective…

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…

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Case studies

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…

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…

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Insights

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

What changes to maedni visna scheme mean for sheep farmers

Changes to the maedni visna (MV) accreditation scheme mean stricter rules for MV-accredited flocks that are buying in stock or have non-accredited sheep at the same holding. The MV accreditation…

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…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Vet Viewpoint: Lambing, calving and post-Brexit drug stocks

Unsurprisingly, at this time of year, vets across the UK are talking about lambing and calving. Topics in this month’s round-up include disease prevention through metabolic profiling through to managing…

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…

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News

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Beef producer calls for BVD control to be made compulsory

A beef farmer is calling for bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) testing in cattle to be made compulsory across Britain after he bought calves that later succumbed to the disease. James Winslade said…

BOVINE TB

Welsh TB cattle slaughterings hit record monthly levels

Numbers of cattle slaughtered in Wales due to bovine TB infection have reached record levels, as authorised culls of TB-infected badgers make slow progress. In October 2018, 1,499 cattle were…

PIGS

Spate of swine dysentery cases highlights importance of hygiene

Following several new cases of swine dysentery in recent weeks, producers are being encouraged to clamp down on biosecurity to minimise risk. Swine dysentery is a bacterial disease that can…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Free BVD testing scheme in Wales not used enough

More than one-third of cattle herds in Wales eligible for free bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) screening have yet to be tested. Eighteen months ago, Wales launched a national programme to…

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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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