Group seeks compulsory tests to eradicate sheep scab and BVD

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[Note original headline if you want for print is – Compulsory testing could eradicate sheep scab and BVD by 2031] Pressure is expected to be put on UK governments to back compulsory screening for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and sheep scab in an effort to eradicate the diseases within 10 years. Livestock industry group Ruminant […]

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LAA advises continued vigilance as Covid restrictions ease

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[Note original headline if you want for print is – Compulsory testing could eradicate sheep scab and BVD by 2031] Pressure is expected to be put on UK governments to back compulsory screening for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and sheep scab in an effort to eradicate the diseases within 10 years. Livestock industry group Ruminant […]

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How to treat photosensitisation in livestock

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Photosensitisation occurs when the skin becomes extremely sensitive to sunlight, leading to what is effectively very severe sunburn, even in cloudy conditions. It is very painful, and affected animals may be dull and depressed, or show signs of pain and irritation in the affected areas. James Crilly, from Larkmead Veterinary Group, gives advice on how […]

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How to treat photosensitisation and severe sunburn in livestock

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Photosensitisation occurs when the skin becomes extremely sensitive to sunlight, leading to what is effectively very severe sunburn, even in cloudy conditions. It is very painful, and affected animals may be dull and depressed, or show signs of pain and irritation in the affected areas. James Crilly, from Larkmead Veterinary Group, gives advice on how […]

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5 ways to avoid costly silage losses from damaged wrap

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Birds are a major source of damage to baled silage, but tears can occur at the baling and gathering stages, too. If a hole is not patched, air will seep in for the entire period between ensiling and feeding, allowing mould and yeasts to develop. Independent silage expert Dave Davies describes the potential for losses […]

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Farmers Weekly Awards: 2021 Dairy Farmer of the Year finalists

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This year’s three finalists for the Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year award are all investing to modernise facilities and create a dairy fit for the future, with high cow welfare and top technical performance in mind. The 2021 Dairy Farmer of the Year finalists: Mark Larwood  Oak House Farm, Norwich, Norfolk George Lester […]

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Most Scots dairy farmers agree cows should graze, survey finds

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Most Scottish dairy farmers believe that cows should graze for at least part of the year, according to new research. The findings of the “Cows eat grass, don’t they?” (PDF) study examined the attitudes of people working in the dairy industry towards outdoor and indoor dairy production systems. The survey found that 19% of Scottish […]

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Cattle vaccine will help in battle against TB, says chief vet

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Cattle vaccination can become an important item in the toolbox in the battle to eradicate bovine TB in herds, the UK’s chief vet has insisted. Defra has announced that the first stage of field trials of the cattle Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine and diagnostic test to differentiate infected from vaccinated animals (Diva) are under way […]

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Bovine TB cattle vaccine field trials start in England

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Field trials for a cattle vaccine and a new skin test for bovine tuberculosis (TB) have started in England. A TB-free farm in Hertfordshire has started the first phase of these “world-leading” trials, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) announced on Wednesday 7 July. The project will determine the accuracy and safety of the […]

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NMR launches individual milk sampler for robots

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Robotic dairies wanting to test individual cow milk quality can hire a shuttle testing kit from a national milk quality laboratory. National Milk Records (NMR) has launched a UK-wide service to rent the Ori-Collector shuttle to dairy farms for £40 plus VAT for each hire. The Ori-Collector system harvests milk from the milking robot and […]

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