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Winter Housing Fluke Treatment – Part 1

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS  Winter housing offers the ideal break point in the fluke life cycle; a window of opportunity to clear infestations accumulated in the previous grazing season. The benefits of treatment mainly relate to the improved health of the liver with increased feed conversion, reduced days to finishing and the knock-on effect on […]

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BVD – Stamp it out!

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus) can be an insidious disease in a herd; its “Trojan Horse” strategy often catching farm biosecurity on the hop. The virus is mostly associated with poor reproductive performance and immune system suppression resulting in secondary illness (e.g. pneumonia & scour). Ultimately production efficiency […]

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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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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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Artificial insemination strategies for the beef suckler herd

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Artificial insemination (AI) has become an integral tool in the dairy industry; reaping the rewards of rapid genetic improvement, easy calving, reduced reliance on bulls and increasing the value of crossbred calves. The intention of this article is certainly not to suggest a blanket adoption of AI across […]

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The need to know your herd health status

Charlie Carslake BA BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Why do I need to know my herd health status? Knowing your herd health status means taking steps to find out which bovine infectious diseases are affecting your herd. Bovine infectious diseases cause significant production losses in UK beef and dairy systems. Depending on the disease involved, […]

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Bull soundness

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Spring is here, and it will not be long before sucklers have a calf at foot and seasonal dairy herds are overrun with new-borns. The benefits of a concentrated calving period relate to more efficient animal management, e.g. batch calf husbandry, parasite control, vaccination and nutritional management, hopefully […]

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The move to eradicate BVD

Charlie Carslake BA BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Why eradicate BVD? Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the most serious contagious diseases in cattle. It is estimated to cost the UK industry as much as £61 million per year, a cost that equates to £31 per cow in Great Britain. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea results […]

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