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Disease Alert

In this month’s webinar, James Aitken focuses on arguably the most important time during an animal’s life – birth and the first few hours. This presentation guides you through best practice for colostrum management in calves, and the most common causes of difficult lambing.

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 chronic liver fluke and lice and mites in cattle and sheep and worms in cattle and sheep particularly in lambs and yearlings.

This Month's Featured Animal Health Issues

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Colostrum Management

In order to combat the common diseases such as scour, new born calves rely completely on a supply of colostrum for the provision of antibodies and vitamins A and D. Antibody absorption decreases gr...


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Dystocia in Ewes

Dystocia affects between 3 and 7 percent of the national flock. The key to a successful outcome, i.e. a healthy ewe nursing a healthy lamb, is to recognise potential problems early, and phone your ...


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Lamb Survival

Neonatal lamb deaths average 10-25% in the UK, but 5% is achievable. Ask your vet to help you with a flock health plan focusing on farm management and nutrition, flock supervision and infectious di...


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Joint Ill

Joint ill occurs when bacteria from the environment set up an infection within joints, causing a painful, often permanent lameness. Bacteria can enter the body of young lambs through the gut or unt...


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Use of somatic cell counts

Bulk milk cell counts can provide useful data, but for effective health planning, monthly herd testing of individual cows is required. Computer programs can quickly identify trends in cell count an...


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Sub Acute Rumen Acidosis (SARA)

SARA occurs when rapidly fermenting foods produce too much acid in the rumen, altering digestion, but not enough to cause obvious severe disease. Subtle signs include decreased appetite, poor diges...


Featured RESOURCES

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Parasite Forecast

This month's Parasite Forecast focuses on chronic liver fluke and lice and mites in cattle and sheep and worms in store lambs and yearlings.


Sheep Abortion

Lambs can be lost at any point during pregnancy. In this webinar, Peers Davies MA VetMB MRCVS, discusses the causes of sheep abortion and what should be done to prevent and treat it.


Cattle Metabolic Resource

This cattle health resource deals with a wide range of metabolic diseases that affect dairy cows, and is essential reading for those involved with cattle. Common metabolic conditions from...


Lambing Health Resource

Lambing is a critical stage in sheep production with a major impact on productivity and welfare. The lambing resource is essential reading for shepherds and highlights ewe nutrition and p...


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...


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 ...


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