Posts Categorized: News

Made your bed? Now lie in it!

The dairy industry has seen a near complete shift from loose houses to cubicles for housing milking cows, and often for good reasons. Cubicles present a simple opportunity to increase the capacity of a cubicle house in a similar way to a dorm room in a Youth Hostel. When looking at how cows choose to… Read more »

Tackling Lameness in Sheep with the Five-Point Plan

Tackling lameness in sheep has become a real priority in recent times and much research has been undertaken to determine the most effective ways to control and prevent it. Its importance within the industry has been highlighted by The Farm Animal Welfare Council, who have set a target to reduce the number of sheep treated,… Read more »

Preparing for the birthing season: Plasma

The role and importance of colostrum Cria have no antibodies to disease at birth, and are therefore unable to fight infection. Without good quality colostrum to supply these antibodies, the cria is unlikely to survive challenges to its immune system. Colostrum is the first milk a mother produces; it contains the antibodies and nutrients the… Read more »

How much lameness can, or should we tolerate in a dairy cows?

I ask this as an open question, not because I know the answer or feel there really is an answer but to stimulate a thought process.  What is our industry stance on lameness? Various figures have been suggested, ranging from 15-30% but all of these studies are historic and all vary as to whether we… Read more »

Do you know the signs of Haemonchus Contortus infection?

With the recent hot weather, the risk of Haemonchus Contortus in livestock has dramatically increased and quite a few outbreaks have been seen nationwide over the past couple of weeks. The possibility of haemonchosis in grazing sheep, goats, camelids and calves could increase further after heavy rains as this parasite is able to survive in… Read more »

Flystrike treatment & prevention

Blowflies are one of the most widespread ectoparasites affecting sheep in the UK, with surveys suggesting 80% of flocks will have one or more cases of blowfly strike every year. It seems that the current weather and climatic conditions are particularly favouring flystrike at the moment with our vets seeing quite a few cases so… Read more »

Guidance for the use of antibiotic tests on dairy farms

As part of our commitment to ensure our clients are provided with the most up-to-date information, we would like to share this guidance note with you: DairyUK-Guidance-for-the-use-of-Antibiotic-Tests-on-Dairy-Farms This has been produced by DairyUK in conjunction with the British Cattle Veterinary Association. There have been some recent changes in the antimicrobial test kits used by milk purchasers… Read more »

Dairy industry in the news with #Februdairy campaign

By Ami Sawran BVSc MRCVS I’m sure many in agricultural industries have seen a more chaotic social media timeline of late. This is probably as a result of #Februdairy. This initiative came about as a means of promoting the dairy industry and all of the hard work involved in creating dairy produce that many take for… Read more »