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Feeding for weight loss

St David’s Equine Practice Excess weight in horses can lead to many health problems. A horse that is above their ideal weight will cause extra strain on their joints, which may lead to problems such as arthritis. An overweight horse will also find exercise more difficult, which over time may place strain on the heart […]

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HerdInsights health monitor from Moletech

HerdInsights is a multi-metric, cloud-based ‘Smart Collar’ for dairy cows which improves the efficiency of farm breeding programmes and reduces health care costs through early illness detection. It is this ‘multi-metric’ approach to monitoring a cow’s oestrus activity, mounting and chin resting behaviour. By comparing these behaviours to the cows ‘normal’ that makes HerdInsights the […]

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What affects bull fertility?

Lorna Pillar BVM BVS MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Bull fertility is something which is very often overlooked when observing a herd’s fertility performance. Although bulls are rarely completely infertile many can be sub-fertile which can have a huge impact on the productivity of a herd. There are four main components to bull fertility: Quantity/quality of […]

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Investing in calf health pays dividends on Devon farm

Charlie Carslake BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Healthy, fast growing calves are fundamental to any dairy herd. Numerous studies are now showing that investing in early life produces a more cost efficient cow in the longer term, largely due to the link between improved growth and associated benefits for reproductive and lactation performance. Calf health […]

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Salmonella, the bacteria that scares us all

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services If there is one bacterium sure to incite mass panic and hysteria it is most likely Salmonella, no thanks to a certain ex-health minister. However, it’s not just the poultry industry where this bug likes to lurk. The Salmonellae family are diverse and are all potentially capable of […]

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Fit for Purpose?

For millions of years, horses have been breed selectively to produce an anatomy and physiology to run away fast and to cover many miles to find food. Anatomically, these adaptations include lengthening of the leg, reduction in the number of digits and loss of the collar bone. Physiological adaptations have enabled greater oxygen delivery to […]

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Responsible use of antibiotics in neonatal lambs

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS Farm practice has recently undergone scrutiny for its use of antibiotics, and it is about time we started using them responsibly! A big issue is metaphylaxis, meaning the mass medication given to a group in order to prevent disease. Metaphylactic antibiotic usage needs to be avoided and should not replace good […]

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Strangles – Control the spread!

St David’s Equine Practice Strangles bacteria is extremely infectious and it is thought that even a single bacteria may be enough to cause disease in a naïve horse. For this reason, it is important that yard biosecurity on an infected yard is very strict. Infection with the bacteria is by contact with the organism. This […]

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Essential oils boost calf health

Charlie Carslake BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Alternative therapies are being widely used in other livestock to improve health, however, with a lack of research in the dairy industry farmers are falling behind. I recently carried out a trial to assess such treatments in calves. There is no denying that the whole agricultural industry is […]

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