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Hypomagnesaemia - Grass Staggers

Grass staggers is one of the few true veterinary emergencies. The average annual incidence is under 1% and most cases occur in recently calved beef cows.

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Ram Fertility - Increasing profitability

The presence of a sub-fertile or infertile ram in a flock can be a real problem on a farm and affect the performance of all the ewes he runs with. 

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Avoiding Residues in Milk

It is really important that the products we place on the market, whether they are milk or meat, are fit for human consumption by being free from disease and contamination.

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Vaccination Schedules and Routine Treatments

The types of vaccines used vary from farm to farm and whether the herd is predominantly dairy cow or suckler cattle. Routine veterinary treatments are also farm specific. This article will refer mainly to the beef suckler cow enterprises.

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Preparations for Calving

Whether you have dairy cows or beef sucklers, calving time is the most important stage of the production cycle.

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OPA and Your Flock

Ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA, also known as Jaagsiekte) is an infectious and fatal lung disease of sheep.

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Understanding MRLs

MRL stands for Maximum Residue Limit which is the legally allowed maximum concentration of a veterinary medicine allowed in either milk or meat.

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The Cost of Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis can have a severe effect on a farm, costing the farmer an estimated £69-£106 per cow in an infected herd. Weigh that against a vaccine costing around £5 per cow and you could wonder why only 20% of farmers are estimated to vaccinate their herd.

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The Lowdown on Lameness – In Sheep

Lameness is one of the most widespread problems facing the UK sheep flock. An estimated 3 million sheep, at any given time are lame, costing the sheep industry in excess of £24 million every year.

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Tackling the Effect of Lamb Losses on Your Bottom Line

Costing the UK sheep industry up to £2 million a year, abortion in sheep is common. But, it shouldn’t be seen as an inevitable part of the reproductive cycle for your flock.

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