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Animal Health and Welfare Pathway update

May 2024 has brought a new announcement regarding the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway.

Simply put: the review is a fully funded vet visit that happens on a yearly basis. During the review, keepers of cattle, sheep and pigs can access bespoke health and welfare advice and test for endemic diseases and other conditions using a vet of their choice. 

The current offer is: 

£522 for a beef cattle review 
£372 for a dairy cattle review 
£436 for a sheep review 

In addition to this, there is a further offering: 

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Parasite forecast May

In the world of parasites in our neck of the woods:
Nematodirus risk to this season's lambs is now high
Blowfly risk is medium
Coccidiosis risk is highest with high stocking rates and with congregation sites eg troughs
Worm egg counting season has begun - for all species!
 

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Parasite forecast - April

The Nematodirus risk has been increased to high, as eggs from last year's lambs are now likely to be at peak hatch. Lambs grazing high risk pasture (grazed by lambs last season) should be treated with white drench, as this remains effective even if this wormer group is no longer effective on your farm for other worms.

Worm egg counting will help decide whether or not treatment for other worms is necessary - start testing lambs from around 8wks old.

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Parasite Forecast - March

Nematodirus risk has been flagged as amber, as air temperature has already been high enough  (11.5 – 17° C) for Nematodirus development this year.  Once a 7 full days in this temperature range have passed, eggs are fully developed and hatch on pasture.
If lambs are grazing pastures grazed by last year’s lambs be vigilant for signs (straining, watery diarrhoea) and treat with WHITE drench.  

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Parasite Forecast - February

Lungworm
Although disease is not typically seen until the summer, vaccination needs to be carried out well in advance of the risk period to ensure immunity.  Lungworm vaccination offers sustainable control of this parasite - sustainable both in terms of prolonging the effectiveness of wormers on your farm, and by avoiding decimating the population of invertebrates that are essential for soil health.
First season grazing cattle receive 2 doses, 4 weeks apart, 2 weeks before exposure (usually before turnout).

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Heptavac availability and Vaccine hub

It's the time of year again to vaccinate in-lamb ewes with Heptavac P to protect against Clostridial disease and Pasteurella pneumonia.

We currently have a limited availability of 50 dose bottles in stock.  These will be sold on a first come first served basis.
For any clients requiring only a few doses, we will also be splitting bottles for a Vaccine Hub on Thursday 8th February and Thursday 7th March.

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Vaccine hub: Lambivac

Our next Lambivac Vaccine Hub dates should correspond with most clients' 6-monthly herd booster, in April and October.

We will be opening a Lambivac bottle on Friday 19th April.  The bottles will be opened at 9am and will be required to be kept refrigerated and administered by 5pm on the same day.
If there is a requirement for it (for part one of a primary course for previously unvaccinated goats, or females in late pregnancy), we will open a further bottle PRIOR to this on Friday 22nd March

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Parasite Forecast - December/January

Sheep:
The liver fluke risk has been low all season, but this will vary from farm to farm.  Now is an excellent time to test, as infestation will be readily detectable on both bloods AND faecal samples.  Tests are reliable and cost-effective - test don't guess!

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October parasite forecast

Whilst the risk of liver fluke is relatively low this year, the rainfall since July means cases may now start to be seen.  Acute fluke can look very much like haemonchus (the bloodsucking gutworm), so ask us for advice regarding testing and treatment.  Blood testing for fluke is very sensitive and provides the earliest warning of infection, and samples can be pooled making this a cost-effective method.

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