Posts Categorized: Editorial

Calf Pneumonia – not just a winter problem

Pneumonia remains the most common reason for death or poor performance in growing calves, and whilst we do see a spike in the number of cases through the winter months, it is important to remember that it can occur at anytime of year and the long-term impacts can be significant.  On average a case of… Read more »

Tightening Calving Blocks

The industry target for mating period in beef herds is 9 weeks resulting in 95 calves born to 100 cows put to the bull, 60% of which calve in the first three weeks.  The reality is that many herds are struggling to meet this target. Those herds may be running bulls for a 12 to… Read more »

Rigorous measures needed for control of OPA


Ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA) is an infective lung tumour caused by the Jaagsiekte virus. It can be difficult to diagnose and has no treatment, making it a challenge to control once it takes hold within a flock. The virus is mostly spread by secretions from the nose and mouth but can also be passed from… Read more »

5 Tips for Reducing Antimicrobial Use in Clinical Mastitis

Most dairy farms are already seeing the benefits of selective dry cow therapy. With increasing pressure from milk buyers and the general public to reduce antimicrobial usage. This article looks at what is often the main contributor to dairy antimicrobial use, namely clinical mastitis. 1. Sampling; know your enemy! It is good practice to sample… Read more »

Beef Health Planning

2020 has been a very strange year but it is important to begin looking ahead to next year. Health planning on beef farms plays an important role in setting targets, identifying any issues that reduced productivity and implementing health protocols that will help maximise the output on your unit. Health planning needs to be an… Read more »

Fly Control – Don’t Get Struck!

With Blowflies being one of the most common ectoparasites to affect sheep in the UK, flystrike is likely to affect 80% of UK sheep flocks every single year. Even with preventative measures in place across many farms, an average of 1.5% of ewes and 3% lambs may be affected each year in the UK. With… Read more »

Mobility Scoring: a tool for tackling lameness

Cattle lameness is still an important issue facing dairy farmers with recent studies showing the lameness prevalence across UK dairy farms to be around 30%, with 26% of cows a score 2 and 4.1% a Score 3. As with most things, prevention is better that cure so routinely mobility scoring your herd will help you… Read more »

Getting to grips with worming

With resistance to anthelmintics increasing nationally, deciding what product to use and when to use it can be mind-boggling, but it needn’t be. Your vet can work with you to create a tailored worm control plan specific to your farm. Choosing the correct product is not only important in slowing down the rate of anthelmintic… Read more »

Kick Starting Your Cria with Colostrum and CriaBoost

With cria safely on the ground, it is easy to think that the hard work is over, but now the watch must begin to ensure that they get enough good quality colostrum from their dam to ensure development of a health immune system, and that coveted upwards growth curve! Colostrum is the vital, antibody rich… Read more »

Increased risk of cocci in calves around turnout

Coccidiosis causing oocysts can build up during the housed period, increasing the risk of both beef and dairy calves contracting the disease as spring progresses. Westpoint’s Dr Tim Potter explains the reasons behind the increased risk and his recommendations to help keep calves healthy. “As stocking densities increase pre-turnout, it’s harder to keep sheds clean… Read more »