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Displaced Abomasum Farming Note

Displaced Abomasum Farming Note

A displaced abomasum or "twisted stomach" is associated with freshly calved cows or as a secondary event when another condition has caused reduced feed intake. Displa...

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Ectoparasites Farming Note

Ectoparasites Farming Note

Ectoparasites (external parasites) affect cows throughout the year. During the summer, flies can be a big issue, whilst in the winter housed cows are susceptible to lice ...

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February Checklist

February Checklist

February checklist Are your Computers Safe? Are you Milking your Contract? Oil Storage Regulations Preparing for Turnout Timely Tips: Vaccinations, Grass Sta...

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Fly Control In Cattle

Fly Control In Cattle

As the days start to get longer, it is time once again to turn our attention to fly control. The main months of fly activity in the UK are May to August, but as we all kn...

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IBR (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis) Farming Note

IBR (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis) Farming Note

IBR is an acute viral disease characterised by inflammation and necrosis of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract which can lead to fatal pneumonia. With th...

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Johne’s Disease

Johne’s Disease

Johne’s Disease is emerging as a prevalent and costly disease amongst UK beef and dairy herds. This Farming Note covers: Which tests to use (blood, milk or faeces) ...

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Ketosis Farming Note

Ketosis Farming Note

Ketosis is one of the most significant ‘hidden’ diseases affecting the UK dairy herd. Around 30% of cows are estimated to develop the metabolic disease during the tra...

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis (lepto) is a bacterial disease of cows which causes infertility, abortion storms, higher cell counts and lower milk yields. Control of lepto is particularl...

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Listeriosis Farming Note

Listeriosis Farming Note

Listeriosis, also known as ‘circling disease or ‘silage sickness’ is caused by the main bacterium in the Listeria genus, Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono), which is n...

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Liver Fluke

Liver Fluke

Liver fluke is a highly pathogenic flatworm parasite called Fasciola hepatica. Infected mud snails (Galba truncatula) shed liver fluke cysts onto pasture, where cattle gr...

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Metritis Farming Note

Metritis Farming Note

Good uterine health is critical to launch cows on a healthy, productive course after calving. Between 15 and 25% of all fresh cows and 80% of cows with retained cleanings...

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Milk Fever

Milk Fever

Milk fever (or hypocalcaemia) is a potentially fatal metabolic disorder where dairy cows experience calcium (Ca) deficiency. With the estimated economic cost per case bet...

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