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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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The importance of quarantining

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets COVID-19 has demonstrated how devastating the spread of disease can be in the human sphere, with all of us living under restrictions over the past few months in order to quarantine the disease and prevent its’ spread. However whilst words such as isolation and quarantine were up until […]

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Sheep Vet Services

Weaning and Growth in Lambs

Stephanie Patel BVetMed MRCVS With the growing concern around the global impact of farming and the production of farm animals on the environment, the topic of efficient production is even more important to ensure we are doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. Efficient growth in our animals, and in particular our lambs, […]

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Managing the pregnant Ewe

Rose Young BVM BVS MRCVS Managing your ewes well through pregnancy will help ensure a productive and successful lambing season. Breeding Ewes at tupping should be in good condition (minimum score 3 for lowland ewes and 2.5 for hill sheep) to go to ram, to ensure quality eggs are released for fertilisation. Once fertilised, the […]

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Prepare for Pasteurellosis

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Whilst it was a fantastic summer for holiday makers, it wasn’t so great for growing grass and lamb growth. This unfortunately means that a lot of lambs are not reaching target weights, are needed to be kept longer and housed in the winter when this may have previously […]

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lamb losses

Vaccinate now to reduce lamb losses

Lorna Pillar BVM BVS MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Infectious causes of abortion of sheep in the UK is a very important issue to tackle. Infectious causes of abortion are very common and not only do they contribute to serious economic losses, many of them (including the two most common) can also cause abortions in people. […]

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Teeth, testicles and toes

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services With tupping season soon approaching, it is time to start thinking about putting your rams through their yearly MOT. This should be done at least 10 weeks pre-tupping as it gives you a chance to sort issues out in individual rams or even to get hold of a […]

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Sheep Scab

Control and prevention of sheep scab

Rose Young BVM BVS MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Scab is a parasitic disease of sheep unfortunately familiar to many farms. It is caused by a mite, psoroptes ovis which specifically affects sheep, and is responsible for considerable economic losses and welfare implications in parts of the UK. In England and Wales, local authorities can enforce […]

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Responsible use of antibiotics in neonatal lambs

Sylvaine Lacrosse BVetMed MRCVS Farm practice has recently undergone scrutiny for its use of antibiotics, and it is about time we started using them responsibly! A big issue is metaphylaxis, meaning the mass medication given to a group in order to prevent disease. Metaphylactic antibiotic usage needs to be avoided and should not replace good […]

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