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What exactly is heat stress, how does it affect dairy cows and why is it a growing threat to UK production?

All ruminants struggle with heat stress but Dairy cows are particularly susceptible.  Comfort, consistent health and optimal intakes are all essential to ensure dairy cows remain the balanced productive machines the industry expects.  Due to poor sweating capacity cows manage their thermal comfort zone through a combination of intake adjustment, drooling and panting or increased […]

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Mastdecide – the new on-farm Mastitis test

Katie Scotter BA VetMB MRCVS With the recent shortages of antibiotic lactating cow tubes set to affect the dairy industry for several months, it is a good opportunity to look at other ways of approaching mastitis treatment. Currently we use tubes that contain multiple antibiotics to cover a wide range of bacteria. This is necessary […]

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Lungworm – are you thinking about it?

Alistair Chilcott BVetMed MRCVS Grazing cattle, in both dairy and beef systems, are at risk of this costly disease (HUSK) during the autumn months, with the risk period increasing due to changing weather patterns. So why worry now? Because last Autumn we saw several cases of Lungworm and now is the time to implement an effective […]

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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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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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