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UK SHEEP FARMERS KEEN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF FLOCK VACCINATION AGAINST ORF

UK sheep farmers take a keen interest in orf control and want more information on the benefits of flock vaccination against the disease and its effective application. Recently published (September 2019) feedback from 570 UK sheep farmers surveyed last autumn (2018)1 clearly highlights the importance of practical veterinary advice when prescribing orf vaccine. More than […]

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NEW CALF PNEUMONIA VACCINE PROTECTS CALVES EARLIER AND FASTER

UK cattle farmers can now protect dairy and beef calves against the key causes of viral pneumonia from as young as one week of age, thanks to the launch of a new early life intranasal vaccine by MSD Animal Health. New BOVILIS® INtranasal RSP™ Live reduces the clinical signs of respiratory disease and viral shedding […]

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NEW AUDIT TOOL AVAILABLE FROM VETS WILL HELP BEEF SUCKLER PRODUCERS IMPROVE ENTERPRISE PRODUCTION

MSD Animal Health has developed a new vet-driven on-farm audit tool to help UK beef suckler producers address the key areas influencing optimum herd health and performance. The company’s new Suckler Herd Performance Checklist helps a farm’s vet assess performance across the five crucial time periods and processes impacting on the success of beef suckler […]

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THREE-POINT PLAN TO HELP CONTROL FARM RODENTS

Farmers are being urged to follow a three-point rodent control plan this autumn to avoid significant infestations later in the year. Thorough farm checks, consistent baiting schedules and the use of effective baits will be essential, advises BASF. According to Sharon Hughes, BASF Global Technical Marketing Manager for rodenticides, thorough preparation is especially important now. […]

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PROTECTING LAMBS FROM PASTEURELLOSIS THIS AUTUMN

Disease diagnostic data from the last five years highlights a spike in the number of lambs succumbing to pasteurellosis during September, October and November (see figure 1). “Last autumn, pasteurellosis – the pneumonic and septicaemic form – was the most common cause of death in lambs,” points out Dr Katie Waine, who is based at […]

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NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR PRE-CALVING NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Meeting energy and trace element requirements for beef and dairy herds is critical for calving success. Autumn calving dairy and beef suckler herds are approaching a critical time period for nutritional requirements, says Dr Elizabeth Berry, Veterinary Director with Animax. “Seventy-five percent of foetal development and growth takes place during the last trimester, significantly increasing […]

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WIN AN EID READER

This summer MSD Animal Health is offering three lucky UK sheep farmers the opportunity to win an AWR300 EID Stick Reader complete with large colour display, convenient keyboard and 4GB memory. The free-to-enter competition is open until 31st July 2019 with entry forms available from the MSD Animal Health stands at some of the NSA […]

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SHROPSHIRE TEAM SCALE LOCAL PEAKS FOR LINGEN DAVIS CANCER SUPPORT

The team from a Shropshire marketing business are scaling three iconic Shropshire peaks to raise money for charity. Agribusiness Communications (ABC) is raising money for local charity Lingen Davis Cancer Support. The team of nine will climb three of the highest peaks in Shropshire in just one day. Matt Mellor, founder and managing director of […]

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Allflex appoints new livestock EiD product manager

Allflex, part of the Antelliq group of companies, has appointed Pete Hansford to the newly created role of product group manager for its range of livestock identification products. Based at Allflex’s UK headquarters in County Durham, Mr Hansford will oversee the company’s range of livestock identification products which includes Tissue Sampling Tags and Electronic Identification […]

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Pete Hansford, Allflex UK

Call for more effective communication with farmers over disease management and prevention practices

Scientists, vets, animal health trade SQPs and vaccine manufacturers must all improve communication with sheep and cattle farmers to help the livestock industry improve disease control; particularly so with the need to reduce antibiotic use, according to recent research. That was the key message coming out of a Moredun Sheep and Cattle Health and Welfare […]

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