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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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Strep Uberus Mastitis

Alasdair Marshall BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Streptococcus uberus often results in both clinical mastitis cases and elevation in SCC results. Typically, it is associated with straw yards and poached fields, therefore Strep uberus is traditionally thought of as an environmental pathogen. Recent research has shown that Streptococcus uberus is a pathogen with many different […]

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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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Update on Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR)

Alasdair Marshall BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services IBR is a highly infectious and contagious bovine herpes 1 virus that can infect cattle of all ages. Cattle are usually infected by inhalation allowing the virus to spread quickly through a group. It is also spread via semen. Once recovered from the initial infection, cattle develop a […]

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