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Feb 17

Vitamin D deficiency – Fact and fiction in sheep

Back in 2007 there were diagnosed rickets in a range of hill hoggs (swales, cheviots and herdwicks) investigated by the VLA in 7 flocks in Northern England. Most were returning from wintering on dairy farms. They showed signs of: ‘Tip-toeing’ Stiffness Prolonged recumbency Two bowed legs They were confirmed by bloods and post-mortem, most suspected …

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Feb 17

Beef Discussion Group

Another great turnout at the Royal Oak last week for our Beef Discussion Group, following a hot supper and a few pints Dan Griffiths gave us a really interesting talk on fertility and how a compact calving period can increase farm profits significantly (notes to follow…). Andrew followed up with a talk on Trace Element …

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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

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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