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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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Making the most of data

By Andy Adler, BVM&S, MBA, PGCert Vet Ed, MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets Having recently read ‘For the Love of Soil’ by Nicole Masters, I was surprised to find so many transferable lessons for livestock management, particularly around monitoring and managing. In the book – which is focused on regenerative agriculture and soil management – Nicole […]

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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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Lungworm in Cattle – is worming your only option?

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets When discussing lungworm (Dictyocaulus viviparus) control with farmers, the majority will have a summer worming plan in place. Whilst worming can be an important part of the prevention and control of this parasite, this needs to be targeted and other preventative tools such as vaccination could also be […]

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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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Combatting Coccidiosis in Calves

Charlotte Reid BSc BVSc MRCVS Coccidiosis is a parasite that many farmers will have come across during their time, and can cause considerable issues when it gets into youngstock. Coccidiosis is a costly disease for both Beef and Dairy systems, and appropriate management, diagnosis and treatment is vital to prevent significant economic losses and to […]

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Monitoring Calf Growth Rates

Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets In calf rearing, Daily Live Weight Gain (DLWG) is one of the most significant indicators of overall performance. Whether rearing dairy or beef calves it is important that they grow efficiently to meet their target bulling weights or finishing weights on time. Standard targets are a pre-weaning DLWG […]

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