Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec 19

Difficult Calvings – Long term impact

Whilst we all know that calving difficulties (dystocia) result in a greater risk of: Catastrophic bleeding after calving Mastitis Downer cow Held membranes, Uterus infections, and the knock on effects of poor appetite, the % of cows requiring assistance sits at about 6-8% nationally, but obviously this will vary tremendously when taking into account different …

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Dec 19

Sudden Death in Sheep

This month we’ve seen a lot of sudden deaths in fattening lambs. Post mortem examinations of these sheep are essential! We have had cases of acute fluke already but we are also seeing a large number with systemic pasteurella infection.   Pasteurella can either cause pneumonia or sudden death. Sudden deaths caused by pasteurella are …

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Dec 16

Fluke in the Beef Industry

What is fluke? Fluke is a liver parasite found in cattle, sheep, goats, horse, deer and man. Adult fluke lay eggs which pass onto pasture (hundreds per day), eggs hatch in spring when the mean temperature is over 10C and release miracidia which penetrate a mud snail. They develop in the snail and emerge as …

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Dec 12

New TB testing rules

From Jan 2015 an “enhanced” zero tolerance policy will be implemented by Defra. Anybody who fails to complete the TB test within the prescribed deadline will suffer deductions to their farm subsidy payments. The reduction in CAP payments will be on a sliding scale from 1% upwards depending on how many days the TB test …

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Dec 12

The Importance of Bull Fertility

During natural service, half of your herd’s fertility comes from the bull. Even with the best cows, there will be no calves without a fertile bull! With an infertile bull, this is obvious within a few weeks when cows begin to return. However problems arise with the sub-fertile bull. A sub-fertile bull will catch some …

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