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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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smaXtec boluses are “game changing” for Wiltshire beef farmer

For organic beef farmer Richard Guy, smart bolus technology has revolutionised the accuracy of the AI programme used on his nucleus herd of South Devon cows. Ensuring good AI success rates and a smooth calving are essential considering these animals are producing valuable replacements and need to calve within a tight block. However, with organic […]

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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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Essential oils boost calf health

Charlie Carslake BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Alternative therapies are being widely used in other livestock to improve health, however, with a lack of research in the dairy industry farmers are falling behind. I recently carried out a trial to assess such treatments in calves. There is no denying that the whole agricultural industry is […]

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Dairy Health – Make Hay While There’s Some Sun

Following the financial challenges of the last two years there is some relief at present.  With more competitive pricing across the dairy product and service market is now the time to invest in your unit’s future? We appreciate that bank balances take time to heal so perhaps looking at return on investment calculations and long-term […]

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A Different Approach to Mastitis Control

For many years we have struggled with one of the most costly diseases to the dairy farmer and until recently could do little for prevention within the cow. There is now the opportunity to change our approach to the way we help control Mastitis within our herds, vaccination. STARTVAC® is a product from a company […]

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