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Consider sand bedding as an alternative to straw

Consider sand bedding as an alternative to straw

Resist the temptation to skimp on straw in an effort to save costs or risk an increase in mastitis infections. Thats the message from DairyCo extension officer, Hugh Black. The auction price for standing straw has been exceptionally high in some areas of the country, explains Hugh. And when you take into consideration that the […]

NMR introduces new Mastitis tracker service

NMR introduces new Mastitis tracker service

NMR is launching a new Mastitis Tracker service in September and will demonstrate it at the Dairy Event, NEC, September 7/8. A unique service and available to British milk producers, Mastitis Tracker uses advanced technology to allow mastitis-causing pathogens to be identified in preserved milk samples as part of routine cow management and integrates the […]

Haemonchus: Whats the Story?

Haemonchus: Whats the Story?

August and September are the months when cases of Haemonchus (Barbers Pole worm) tend to peak. But some farmers still know relatively little about this parasite. Vet Nigel Underwood from Janssen Animal Health has provided some key facts that tell the Haemonchus story: Some areas of the UK could experience the effects of Haemonchus for […]

Trip of a lifetime for Young Farmer

Trip of a lifetime for Young Farmer

A farmer’s daughter from Staffordshire is set to take the trip of a lifetime in October after winning a travel scholarship, sponsored by Novartis Animal Health and The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). Alex Mackellar, who lives and works at her parents’ sheep farm in Chartley, won the 1,500 award and is set […]

Vantix Biosensor offers portable antibiotics test potential

Vantix Biosensor offers portable antibiotics test potential

Fera study with Universal Sensors technology shows results in under one hour Fast, simple testing for antibiotics in animal feeds may soon be possible on the farm. Results from a Defra funded research project (VMO2154) conducted by the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) have demonstrated that technology developed by Universal Sensors offers high sensitivity […]

New farmer educational campaign highlights IBR barrier to herd productivity

New farmer educational campaign highlights IBR barrier to herd productivity

Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) has become a barrier to herd productivity on many farms, but a new educational campaign from vet practices aims to help beef and dairy producers overcome this disease obstacle. IBR is a hidden disease that spreads rapidly throughout a herd. Unfortunately symptoms are often vague sometimes some dull and off colour […]

Natural Parasite Control Called into Question

Natural Parasite Control Called into Question

A recent study has demonstrated that a leading herbal wormer had no demonstrable efficacy against common poultry worms. After treatment with the herbal wormer, birds had worm egg counts that were no different from those of birds that had no treatment at all. Birds treated with Flubenvet (Flubenvet 1% Medicated Premixture) did benefit from worming […]

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