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Dairy Bull Calf Policy Change

 Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS From the 1st of January 2021 Arla bought in a new policy stipulating that no animal should be slaughtered before eight weeks old. This new policy will also be included as part of the new farm assurance measures from Autumn 2021, with an expected 12-month period given to put the new […]

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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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Feeding and Housing Calves in Winter

Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets As the temperatures really begin to drop and the cold winter months set in, it’s important to review the set up you have for your calves to ensure that they are best equipped to deal with the changes in weather through the coming weeks and months. Pre-weaned calves […]

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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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How to improve the performance of dairy calves

Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets Calves are an important investment for the future, giving them the best start in life will see better returns in milk production, health status and fertility. Improving their performance is a multifactorial approach from the dam’s condition and health status to the calf’s colostrum management, housing and nutrition. […]

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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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Molecare Farm Vets Launch New Calf Vaccine Programme

Preventative care to combat respiratory disease. The newly launched Molecare Calf Vaccine Programme can help to reduce the risk of disease through bespoke vaccination protocols and monitoring services, ensuring the risk of disease on your farm is carefully managed and controlled at source. Our Calf Vaccine Programme includes: Initial on farm assessment of calf housing […]

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