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Pelvimetry and its uses in a suckler herd

Stephanie Patel BVetMed MRCVS Traditionally within farming the selecting of a replacement heifer has often be done through assessing frame size and weights, however research and experience has shown that neither have a direct correlation to their ability to calve without assistance. However, research has shown that the pelvic area has a moderate heritability, and […]

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Lungworm – are you thinking about it?

Alistair Chilcott BVetMed MRCVS Grazing cattle, in both dairy and beef systems, are at risk of this costly disease (HUSK) during the autumn months, with the risk period increasing due to changing weather patterns. So why worry now? Because last Autumn we saw several cases of Lungworm and now is the time to implement an effective […]

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Winter Housing Fluke Treatment – Part 3

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Over the last two articles we have looked at how to define the risk of liver fluke infestation in your herd, and the considerations around choice and timing of flukicide treatment at winter housing. The final article is intended as a round-up of the remaining factors influencing a […]

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Winter Housing Fluke Treatment – Part 2

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Last month’s article looked at the risk factors for fluke infestation and testing options. This instalment looks at appropriate treatments available and when to treat. A vast array of products exist, and not all products kill all stages of fluke within the animal. The scope of this article […]

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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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