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Farm Animal Resources

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Blackleg - The Danger Lurking in the Soil

Blackleg, also known as black quarter, quarter evil and quarter ill, is a particularly nasty Clostridial disease that affects sheep and cattle. It is a form of gangrene, known as gas gangrene in humans. 

The bacteria, Clostridium chauvoei is the most common cause but it can also be triggered by Clostridium septicum or Clostridium novyi. These bacteria are normally found in the soil and faeces as well as naturally in the animal’s intestines.

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BVD and the Cost of Infection 

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is a highly contagious disease that costs the beef and dairy industries in excess of £33 million a year, but what is it and how can you make sure it doesn’t affect your animals or your bottom line? 

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Making Sure Your Calves Get the Good Stuff

Protecting each new-born calf from infectious diseases, ensuring they are healthy and productive in the long term, is a priority for every dairy farmer. 

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Milk Fever – Prevention and Treatments

Clinical milk fever (hypocalcaemia) is a metabolic disorder caused by low blood calcium that effects on average 4-9% of dairy cows before and after calving. It costs farmers around £220 per cow that suffers with it and can be fatal, even with treatment. Subclinical milk fever can affect up to 60% of cows in a herd. Signs can be vague and include fertility issues, mastitis, metritis, reduced milk yields and displaced abomasums. 

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Selective Dry Cow Therapy Vs Antibiotic Dry Cow Therapy

Everyone deserves a bit of time off and that includes dairy cows. Milking and calving is stressful in terms of energy for the ladies so, a little r and r is essential for good health management. Happy, healthy cows = productive cows. 

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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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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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