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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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Don’t waste a cull ewe

Katie Scotter, VetMB BA MRCVS How many ewes do you cull each year? What should your targets be? Does any of this matter? You might think that a barren ewe is no use to a sheep farmer, and only worth whatever her cull value is. But there is lots of information that we can take […]

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Infectious Diseases in Sheep

Rose Young BVM BVS MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Those involved in the sheep industry may be aware of some of the infectious diseases that can affect our national flock; you will have seen the “MV accredited” sheds at regional livestock shows, and many farms have unfortunately seen the consequences of Enzootic Abortion, often via bought-in […]

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Ram fertility testing

Rose Young BVM BVS MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Rams must be in full health well in advance of the breeding season to ensure an efficient lambing block. Although few rams are thought to be completely infertile, as many as 30% are suspected to be sub-fertile, resulting in more empty ewes and drawn out lambing blocks. […]

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Coccidiosis in Lambs

Rose Young BVM BVS MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Coccidiosis or “cocci” as it’s usually known, is a parasitic infection which causes disease in young lambs and calves. Its cause is a small, single-celled organism which inhabits the intestines of many different animal species, and can cause damage to the lining of the gut resulting in […]

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