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Dairy Bull Calf Policy Change

 Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS From the 1st of January 2021 Arla bought in a new policy stipulating that no animal should be slaughtered before eight weeks old. This new policy will also be included as part of the new farm assurance measures from Autumn 2021, with an expected 12-month period given to put the new […]

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Vets and Nutritionists – What is the role of a vet in relation to on farm nutrition?

 Charlotte Reid BSc BVSc MRCVS What and how a cow is fed directly affects her productivity, health, fertility and much more. Furthermore, purchased feeds are generally the single biggest cost on farm – it is therefore vital that vets work together with farmers and nutritionists to optimise our patients’ diets, and in doing so the […]

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Heifer Rearing

Andy Adler BVM&S MBA PGCert Vet Ed MRCVS Whether you calve all year round or seasonally, rearing heifers so that they calve successfully and have a healthy start to their productive life is essential to ensure good herd fertility. From an economical perspective, if the age at first calving (AFC) is 24 months, this will […]

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Making the most of data

By Andy Adler, BVM&S, MBA, PGCert Vet Ed, MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets Having recently read ‘For the Love of Soil’ by Nicole Masters, I was surprised to find so many transferable lessons for livestock management, particularly around monitoring and managing. In the book – which is focused on regenerative agriculture and soil management – Nicole […]

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Every Lamb Counts

Rose Young BVM BVS MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets With lamb prices where they are this year (580p/kg at time of writing), every lamb really does count. In order to maximise lamb survival, it is important that we identify and understand when and why losses are occurring in your system so as we can target your […]

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Molecare Vet Diary

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets As we head into Spring, we are approaching perhaps the busiest time of year for our veterinary team as the peak lambing and calving season gets underway. Our team are on hand to provide any assistance required during birthing as well as for emergencies and would encourage anyone […]

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Iodine Deficiencies in Beef Calves

Stephanie Patel BVetMed MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets The issue of iodine deficiency can be identified as far back as the 18th century in England, when the deficiency was common amongst the human population, with areas such as the South West appearing to be more pre-disposed to the problem. It wasn’t until the early 1900’s, and […]

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