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NEW UK SURVEY DATA ON CALF COLOSTRUM MANAGEMENT SHOW DAIRY FARMERS MAKING STEADY IMPROVEMENTS

UK dairy farmers are making real progress towards better calf colostrum management practices but still need to focus on improved performance monitoring. Reporting on the results of an early 2022 survey of current colostrum management practices, conducted by MSD Animal Health (a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA (NYSE: MRK), the company’s […]

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NEW FARMER ENGAGEMENT TOOL WILL HELP VETS IMPROVE FLOCK HEALTH ON GB SHEEP FARMS

A new checklist-based audit tool from MSD Animal Health will help vets in practice engage more proactively and closely with GB sheep farmers. The highly practical consultation platform also enables development of an action plan to help shepherds address the key areas influencing flock health and productivity. Developed by experienced, farm-based sheep vets in association […]

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SPRING BORN CALVES AND LAMBS FACE COCCIDIOSIS THREAT

Growing spring born calves and lambs are at risk of coccidiosis once again this year once any passive immunity gained from colostrum starts to wear off. “Thanks to antibodies gained through ingesting colostrum early in life, calves and lambs initially acquire some passive immunity to the parasite. But this protection is short-lived, leaving young animals […]

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SUBSIDISED BLOOD TESTING SCHEME NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP IDENTIFY POSSIBLE REASONS FOR EARLY LAMB LOSSES

MSD Animal Health has launched its 2022 FlockCheck diagnostic scheme, which allows sheep farmers in England, Scotland and Wales to ask their vet to blood test their flock for exposure to toxoplasmosis and enzootic abortion (EAE). Ewe reproductive failure, neonatal lamb disease and mortality are the three biggest factors limiting better flock productivity1 – with […]

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NEW DOSER FOR HALOCUR

Farms managing cryptosporidiosis in calves now have access to an improved pump-based applicator for the 980ml bottle of HALOCUR® (halofuginone lactate), which is licensed for the prevention and reduction of diarrhoea in calves caused by Cryptosporidium parvum. The new ergonomically designed applicator is easily screwed onto the bottle pack. It comes with a rounded tip […]

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FLEXIBLE NEW PACKAGING FOR LEADING CALF SCOUR VACCINE

MSD Animal Health is introducing more durable product packaging for BOVILIS® ROTAVEC® CORONA to further improve the vaccine’s usage convenience, economics and environmental credentials. BOVILIS ROTAVEC CORONA is the UK market-leading calf scour vaccine1 and is used for the active immunisation of pregnant cows and heifers. Cattle are vaccinated 12-3 weeks pre-calving, to raise antibodies […]

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ABC STRENGTHENS TEAM WITH FORMER FW JOURNALIST

Agricultural PR specialist Agribusiness Communications Ltd (ABC) has recruited Edd Mowbray to bolster its team of dedicated account handlers. Mr Mowbray joins ABC as an account manager after spending over four years with Farmers Weekly as a machinery journalist. He began his new post on 1 October 2021. Established in 1995, Shropshire-based ABC has built […]

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EWE BLOOD TEST RESULTS REVEAL URGENT NEED FOR PRE-TUPPING VACCINATION

It’s likely that an insidious infectious disease such as toxoplasmosis was a significant cause of barrenness or abortion in ewes earlier this year, according to an analysis of the latest diagnostic results released by MSD Animal Health1. Blood samples from UK sheep farms were tested when the subsidised FlockCheck diagnostic service was made available to […]

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BOOST FOR CATTLE TB TESTING

More than 100 people from across the agricultural community have now qualified or are in training to become an Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT) of cattle, reports UK Farmcare. Creation of the ATT role by the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) allows para-professional staff to support vets in carrying out TB testing in England. “Since […]

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THIS 3-DAY SANITATION PLAN WILL HAVE FACILITIES READY FOR THE CALVING SEASON

Disinfecting calving facilities prior to the calving season helps reduce future disease pressure. As youngstock facilities empty out over the summer months, dairy producers should take the opportunity to disinfect pens in preparation for the next calving season, says veterinary consultant Dr Tommy Heffernan. “The low level of immunity in calves makes them very vulnerable […]

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T-HEXX® DRY OFFER ALLOWS FOR SMARTER DRYING OFF THIS SUMMER

Dairy farmers drying off cows this summer can take advantage of improved udder protection by incorporating T-HEXX® DRY into their routine. An external barrier for application following the use of dry cow therapy and/or internal teat sealant, T-HEXX® DRY assists the natural keratin plug while providing a physical barrier on and in the teat for […]

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