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Lungworm in Cattle – is worming your only option?

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets When discussing lungworm (Dictyocaulus viviparus) control with farmers, the majority will have a summer worming plan in place. Whilst worming can be an important part of the prevention and control of this parasite, this needs to be targeted and other preventative tools such as vaccination could also be […]

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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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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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Winter Fluke Housing Treatment Article Series – Part 2

Chris Gregory MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets Housing offers a perfect opportunity to break the pasture-based fluke lifecycle. The following article builds on last month’s discussion around assessing the risk of fluke infestation on your farm, highlighting the practicalities of timing treatments and selecting an appropriate active ingredient. Treatment Options & Timing At housing, an animal […]

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Monitoring Calf Growth Rates

Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets In calf rearing, Daily Live Weight Gain (DLWG) is one of the most significant indicators of overall performance. Whether rearing dairy or beef calves it is important that they grow efficiently to meet their target bulling weights or finishing weights on time. Standard targets are a pre-weaning DLWG […]

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How to assess the risk of Fluke on your farm

Chris Gregory MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets Building an informed fluke control plan in the run up to the autumn/winter housing period could yield potential benefits when considering if, when and what routine treatments are required. The treatment period for fluke usually falls around the Winter housing period, and so now is the time to assess […]

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Preparing for the Tupping Season

Stephanie Patel BVetMed MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets As we approach the tupping season, preparation is key to ensure that your flock are in good condition and ready for the mating period ahead. We would advise that preparation starts at least two months before mating occurs, with a close review of both your rams and ewes, […]

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Parasite Control in Sheep

Stephanie Patel BVetMed MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets We all know the consequences of worm burdens in sheep, loss of condition, poor weight gain, and even death, but are we controlling it properly? What are we basing our decisions on when it comes to worming them? Is it being dictated by price, the leftover products you […]

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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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