Temperature rise prompts nematodirus warning

Apr 16, 2018

Low-lying areas of England most at risk With temperatures set to rise this week, sheep farmers are being urged to check their local weather forecast and assess the risk of nematodirus to their lambs. The warning comes from the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) Group, which says that the rapid change from the cold, wet winter to the forecast for the second half of April means a mass hatch of Nematodirus larvae is ‘highly likely’. According to the SCOPS Nematodirus Forecast map, the areas most at risk are South and East England as well as most other low lying areas of England. SCOPS defines these areas at moderate risk, meaning they are within 10 days of a hatch. “This poses a serious danger to February and March-born lambs grazing in fields that carried lambs last spring,” explained Lesley Stubbings of SCOPS. “With such a challenging season to date, we are urging sheep farmers to check their nearest weather station on the website and assess the risk to their... ...

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Dog lawfully shot after killing pregnant ewes

Mar 26, 2018

Unsupervised hound attacked flock of 80 A dog has been shot by a farmer in Country Durham after killing two pregnant ewes. According to Farmers Weekly, the German-shepherd type dog was unsupervised when it attacked a flock of 80 pregnant ewes in a field near Howden-le-Wear last Thursday evening. The attack took place on two in-lamb ewes who were both expecting twins. One of the ewes died from her injuries and the other had to be put to sleep. It is not yet known how the attack affected the remainder of the flock. To prevent further attacks, the farmer made the decision to legally shoot the dog. Another dog which was also at the scene was able to escape. Investigating police officers said that no one was seen with the dogs at any point during the attack. The dog that was shot did not have a microchip and was not wearing a collar. According to information obtained by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW), some 15,000 sheep were... ...

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Farmers urged to target use of antibiotics to ensure ‘long-term’ flock health

Mar 5, 2018

  The sheep industry has called for the targeted use of antibiotics to ensure the “immediate and long-term” health of flocks. With newborn lambs appearing around the UK, a message of responsible antibiotic use is being promoted to sheep vets and sheep farmers. The National Sheep Association (NSA) and Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS), support by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance, has called for targeted use to ensure the welfare of sheep. In letters to the Veterinary Record and Veterinary Times, a joint industry group has reminded vets of the importance of only treating lambs that need intervention, rather than automatically dosing all lambs ‘to be on the safe side’. This message to vets coincides with the RUMA #ColostrumIsGold campaign promoting the ‘liquid gold’ properties of colostrum for newborn animals and reducing the need for antibiotics. Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, said British sheep farmers “pride themselves” on high health and welfare standards in their flocks, and so it is essential that certain ewes and lambs are... ...

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New smart sensor to help farmers spot lameness in sheep

Feb 26, 2018

A smart wearable device that can automatically detect lameness in sheep is being developed by veterinary researchers at the University of Nottingham and industry partners Intel and Farm Wizard. Lameness is the biggest health and welfare problem on sheep farms, costing the sector around £80m a year. More than 90 per cent of farmers in the UK report lameness in their flocks, most of which is caused by footrot, a bacterial infection. If spotted early enough in individual sheep, cases can be treated which in turn can prevent the problem spreading in the flock. The new technical feasibility study and prototype tagging and monitoring system has been developed by Nottingham Vet School researcher, Associate Professor Jasmeet Kaler, with Intel and Farm Wizard. Dr Kaler said: “Our new system is a smart device – a wearable technology that we hope will be a game-changing investment for sheep farmers and a first for the industry. It consists of a sensing device worn on a sheep’s ear tag that gathers accelerometer and gyroscope data... ...

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Wearable device identifies early signs of lameness

Jan 15, 2018

Vets at the University of Nottingham are developing a new, wearable device that can identify the early signs of lameness in sheep. Until now, farmers have struggled to diagnose lameness early because there are no validated commercial tools available. But now a new device, developed in partnership with Intel and Farm Wizard, aims to change this. The device consists of a sensing device worn on a sheep’s ear tag that gathers accelerometer and gyroscope data, effectively tracking the animal’s behaviour movement and gait. Nottingham Vet School researcher Dr Jasmeet Kaler explains: “Our new system is a smart device – a wearable technology that we hope will be a game-changing investment for sheep farmers and a first for the industry. “The algorithms we have developed are used to create different alerts for farmers. So far they have provided high accuracy in predicting various behaviours of the sheep, including differentiating lameness.” Dr Kaler’s previous research found that just 20 per cent of farmers can spot and treat the early signs of lameness... ...

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Sheep Scab – A Major Pest to Sheep Production

Dec 21, 2017

Sheep scab is a disease caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis, which lives on the skin surface where it feeds. The faeces produced by the sheep scab mite cause a severe allergic dermatitis, resulting in the ‘scabby’ lesions which we associate with the later stages of the disease. Rachel Mallet at Bimeda discusses how in spite of having four medicinal active ingredients available with 16 different brands licensed and available in the UK, they are still struggling to get this disease under control. ...

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BCF Technology Achieves The Prestigious Investors In People Gold Accreditation

Dec 4, 2017

BCF Technology, world leaders in veterinary imaging solutions has achieved the prestigious Investors in People Gold Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK. This represents a true commitment to employees and demonstrates a solid foundation of good practice which remains challenging and aspirational for many organisations. Achieving the Gold level of Accreditation puts BCF Technology in the top 7% of all IIP Accredited clients. BCF Technology joins an exclusive group of UK employers eligible to use and display the sought-after Investors in People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits. Commenting on the award, Kim McLean, Human Resources Director, said, “BCF Technology are delighted to receive this prestigious award, our vision is to build a team of world-class experts and maintain an inspiring working environment in which everyone can excel, we do this by sharing knowledge, continual training and supporting our team to realise their full potential.” Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Remarkable, the home for Investors in People in Scotland, said “This is... ...

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Tri-Solfen registered in New Zealand for sheep and cattle husbandry procedures

Nov 16, 2017

Medical Ethics Pty Ltd (“Medical Ethics” or “the Group”), a commercial and development company focused on pain mitigation in wounds for humans and animals, announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Animal Ethics Pty Ltd (Animal Ethics), has successfully registered Tri-Solfen in New Zealand for sheep and cattle husbandry procedures. Tri-Solfen is a local anaesthetic and antiseptic gel spray that adheres well to wounds and acts as a barrier to environmental stimuli, promotes haemostasis and improve wound healing. Tri-Solfen was registered through the Ministry for Primary Industries, which leads and facilitates the management of animal welfare policy and practice in New Zealand.   Over one billion livestock animals globally undergo highly invasive painful husbandry procedures annually. Tri-Solfen is already registered in Australia separately for sheep and cattle husbandry procedures, where it is marketed and distributed by Bayer Animal Health, a global leader in animal health. To date, Tri-Solfen has been used to successfully treat over 80 million animals undergoing routine surgeries in the Australian livestock industries.   Animal Ethics accelerated the... ...

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Norbrook launches product compendium

Nov 13, 2017

Norbrook Laboratories has launched the latest edition of its product compendium for vets – an easy-to-use reference guide to all of the company’s products. Douglas Palmer, veterinary advisor for Norbrook, said products are easy to find, with a choice of searching alphabetically, by species or by active ingredient – with important information, such as safety instructions, withdrawal periods, product indications and dosage rates under the name of each product. The compendium contains data sheets for recently launched products, including: Solantel – a closantel-containing oral suspension for sheep Thyronorm – a liquid oral suspension for treating hyperthyroidism in cats Betafuse – a fusidic acid/betamethasone gel for dogs A copy of the compendium can be obtained from your Norbrook territory manager, or by telephoning 01536 741147. Alternatively, a digital version can be downloaded from the Norbrook website and the datasheets are also available on the Norbrook Veterinary Excellence Tool app, available to download for Apple and Android devices. ...

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