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Avoid Pneumonia with a solid vaccination plan

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Pneumonia is one of the most common veterinary diagnoses made, and one of the key areas where antibiotics are still regularly used for both targeted and blanket treatments. However, as dependence on antibiotic use is coming under increased scrutiny across all industries, emphasis will shift to alternative prevention […]

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Digital Dermatitis; Footbath as a control not cure

Nick Barradale BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services We often find that it is not what the farms are doing that is the issue but more what they are not doing. Understanding the disease goes a long way to righting this when integrated to a complete control plan. This relatively young disease was discovered in 1974 […]

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A Fresian time of year to calve?

Nick Barradale BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services With now consistent pressure on dairy costings and an increasing amount of us raising days grazed, Molecare vets are often asked the question; should we be block calving? There is no doubt seasonal block calving systems have cemented their place on the grasslands of the South West, and […]

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Parasite control at housing for first grazing beef and dairy animals

Tony O’Loughlin BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services As we approach housing, it is time to evaluate your parasite control for the first season grazing stock. The parasites we can control at housing are… Gut worms; Lungworm; Liver Fluke; Lice; Mange. With the current awareness of resistance to many Anthelmintic and Flukicide products, you should be […]

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Trace element deficiencies

Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Diagnosis of mineral deficiencies at animal level can be relatively non-specific, especially if the scenario is complicated or even exacerbated by other problems with similar signs e.g. parasite burdens, pneumonia, poor forage quality. Trace element (or micro ‘mineral’) deficiencies classically come down to four usual suspects: Copper Cobalt […]

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Hot off the press! Our Molecare Veterinary Services Summer Newsletter has landed and is packed full of informative articles from our vets. Molecare Vets Newsletter Summer 2016 In this edition, you will find: •  A look back on the progress of the past two years since St David’s Farm Practice and Mole Valley Farmers joint […]

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Scan now – save later

John McAloon MVDr MRCVS Below are the top five complaints of our beef suckler clients over the past 12 months – do they seem familiar? I will now try to link all of the below issues into a single resolution – early scanning! Top 5 beef issues: 1. Empty Cows 2. Slipped calving block 3. […]

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A smaXtec customer review

LC & AJG Knowles of Hollingshill Farm, Worcestershire started using the smaXtec system only 6 weeks ago and they are already seeing significant benefits. The dairy herd is a high yielding, three times a day milking system with currently 430 milking cows. Austin Knowles says of the smaXtec system: “Calving notification is the biggest benefit […]

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Mitigating the risk of blue tongue

Katie Scotter VetMB BA MRCVS You will hopefully have seen information recently in the farming press and from DEFRA regarding the high likelihood of Bluetongue affecting us again this summer. But what is Bluetongue? What is the risk to cattle and sheep in Devon? How can we mitigate the risk? What signs should we look […]

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