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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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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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Measuring, Managing and Monitoring Lameness in Cattle

Alistair Chilcott BVetMed MRCVS, Molecare Farm Vets Affecting all cattle herds, lameness can cause significant welfare and financial issues across farms who struggle to get a successful control strategy in place to manage the condition. When creating a management strategy for the condition, you should always be guided by the animals who are currently lame, […]

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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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Pelvimetry and its uses in a suckler herd

Stephanie Patel BVetMed MRCVS Traditionally within farming the selecting of a replacement heifer has often be done through assessing frame size and weights, however research and experience has shown that neither have a direct correlation to their ability to calve without assistance. However, research has shown that the pelvic area has a moderate heritability, and […]

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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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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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