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Join our cattle Artificial Insemination course

Molecare Farm Vets will be running a three-day cattle Artificial Insemination (AI) course from Tuesday 26th – 28th July, 9am – 3pm. The course, led by our vets, teaches the skills involved in performing AI and will cover: Dairy/suckler cows’ cycles, bulling and when to serveAnatomy of a cow’s reproductive tract – the vets will conduct a […]

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Government reveals financial help to improve animal welfare

Mole Valley Farmers has welcomed a government move to fund improvements to the health and welfare of livestock, including annual vet visits and grants to improve livestock conditions.  Speaking at the recent NFU annual conference, Environment Secretary George Eustice revealed details of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway – a programme of financial support for […]

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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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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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Feeding and Housing Calves in Winter

Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets As the temperatures really begin to drop and the cold winter months set in, it’s important to review the set up you have for your calves to ensure that they are best equipped to deal with the changes in weather through the coming weeks and months. Pre-weaned calves […]

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Calf Respiratory Infections: Improving welfare and productivity through vaccination programmes

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS Calf respiratory disease is something that is present throughout the year, and whilst this is typical of this type of disease, as we approach the colder months we are expecting to see an increase in cases. Unfortunately for producers, there are so many different pathogens linked to respiratory disease that it […]

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