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Disease Alert

Oestrus detection can be more difficult during summer months when cows are away grazing, and any improvements can pay big dividends. Pink eye in sheep can also be introduced with purchased rams and spread when gathering for management reasons. In this month’s webinar, James Aitken of Orchard Vets talks about how best to manage these two important issues.

Parasite Forecast

NADIS publishes a monthly Parasite Forecast for farmers and livestock keepers, based on detailed Met Office data. The Parasite Forecast outlines the parasitic challenge facing cattle and sheep in the different UK regions.This month’s webinar focuses on Liver Fluke forecasts, fluke control in sheep and cattle and quarantine treatments.

This Month's Featured Animal Health Issues

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Cystic Ovaries

Cysts are large structures that persist on the ovary, preventing normal function. Clinical signs associated with ovarian cysts depend on the type of cyst. The underlying cause of cystic ovaries is ...

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Pink Eye

This infectious eye disease in sheep is associated with adverse weather, especially wind and snow. It is also associated with competition at feed troughs. It causes pain and conjunctivitis and may ...

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Acorn poisoning

Acorn poisoning can be a serious problem when large numbers of acorns are blown down in autumn storms. The tannins contained in acorns can cause serious, often fatal kidney damage. Initially there ...

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Calving Problems

The main causes of calf death during birth are trauma and oxygen deprivation which are secondary to a variety of problems. You should examine a cow which has had a water bladder present for over 2 ...

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Copper deficiency in mid pregnancy leads to swayback in the lambs. It causes weakness and inco-ordination of the hindlimbs which is incurable. Copper deficiency can be primary lack of copper or sec...

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Sheep Pulmonary Adenomatosis (SPA)

SPA is a contagious tumour of sheep causing signs of pneumonia. It is spread during close contact, but has a very long incubation period, meaning signs are usually seen at 2-4 years. There is no tr...


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Parasite Forecast

This month’s webinar focuses on liver fluke forecasts, worming lambs post weaning and wormer choice, worm control in cattle and lungworm in cattle.

Sheep Fertility Resource

This resource contains practical information on preventing sheep abortion, breeding for early lambing and the importance of ram management.

Mastitis Resource

Mastitis is one of the major health issues affecting the dairy industry with major impact on productivity. The mastitis resource is essential reading for those on the sharp end in the par...

Poultry Health Resource

This resource covers the common conditions affect poultry in the UK in a practical format. The resource is essential reading small and medium sized producers and those working in the pou...

Pig Diseases and Quarterly Update Resource

This resource covers the common conditions affecting pigs in the UK in a practical format. The resource is essential reading for small and medium sized pig producers and those working in ...

Game Bird Diseases and Quarterly Updates

This resource covers, in a practical format, the common conditions affecting Game Birds in the UK. In each issue there will be a health update highlighting conditions to watch out for in ...


Proactive Disease Control the Focus of Industry Initiative

With increasing pressure from regulation...

Avian Influenza

Free-range poultry keepers have been ordered to move their birds indoors...



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