Posts Categorized: Editorial

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 »

Tips for vaccine handling

Vaccines play an excellent role in disease prevention and reducing losses. They can however come as a large up-front cost, so it is important to correctly store and handle vaccines so that they remain effective. Here are some reminders for correct vaccine handling. When collecting the vaccine from your practice, or receiving it on farm,… Read more »

Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR)

IBR is a disease that is often mentioned in passing but not often in much detail, here is a short piece to lift the lid on IBR. Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) is a viral infection that can affect cattle at any age. The virus that causes it is a bovine herpes virus (BHV-1) and, as… Read more »

The advantages of post-mortem examination

The health status of a farm is very important for economic and welfare reasons. By knowing the issues of your farm, you can work with your vet to establish preventative measures (with a Herd Health Plan) and reduce losses through mortality, abortion and the use of antibiotics. Farm animal post-mortem examinations (PME) are not used… Read more »

Beef Parasites

The presence of lung worm, gastrointestinal round worm and liver fluke are the leading cause of production losses for the cattle industry. The parasites cause a reduction in feed intake and utilisation of nutrients, animals infected may show signs of diarrhoea, respiratory disease, ill thrift and death. Lung WormLife-cycle Cattle are infected with lung worm… Read more »

Using The Ram to Maximise Your Earnings

With the upcoming uncertainty of sheep and lamb prices with Brexit, minimising losses and maximising outputs has become essential; but how are we going to increase the amount we sell relative to ewe numbers? Lambing percentage i.e. the total number reared Growth rates Lambing pattern early lambs have more growth time before sale tightly concentrated… Read more »