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Measuring, Managing and Monitoring Lameness in Cattle

Alistair Chilcott BVetMed MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets Affecting all cattle herds, lameness can cause significant welfare and financial issues across farms who struggle to get a successful control strategy in place to manage the condition. When creating a management strategy for the condition, you should always be guided by the animals who are currently lame, […]

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BVD Free – Why should we support this industry initiative?

Katie Scotter BA VetMB MRCVS Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is not a new disease, and how it affects cattle fertility and production is not new information, so why are we still battling with it? BVD is a serious disease with major economic, health and welfare consequences. In adult cattle, it causes infertility, abortion and poor […]

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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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Dairy wisdom in uncertain times

Nick Barradale BVSc MRCVS As I write this article, I am considering the uncertainty that currently grips the nation, not to mention the agricultural sector, regarding Brexit. No matter if we leave or stay, wise investment is essential to future proofing dairy businesses. Key areas for improvement in the industry are; biosecurity, data and return […]

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Should I be worried about Johne’s?

Krzysztof Reich MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services It has been almost four years since The National Johne’s Management Plan commenced. As part of assessing the industry’s progress on the issue, Action Johne’s has arranged a Conference which will be held in Worcester on 30th January 2019. Key points will include raising further awareness among farmers and […]

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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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Making milk whiter than white

Nick Barradale BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Increasing milk safety initiatives are now common place in the landscape of milk production.  These are not just “industry hoops” designed to make it harder for producers but valuable aids to enabling a healthier more efficient supply chain.  In an age of ever developing competition for trolley-space it […]

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