Farm News & Advice

Read on for a host of news and advice on farm animal health conditions, preventative care, updated government legislation, and more.

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The Crias are coming!

May 17th, 2024

Cria season is fast approaching and while we hope everyone’s births are plain sailing, here are a few top tips to ensure your new arrivals remain happy and healthy. Crias should be up within 60 mins and feeding within 2-4 hours. Crias are born without any antibodies to protect them from infection and the only […]

Haemonchus Contortus: the Barber’s Pole Worm

May 17th, 2024

Over the Summer and Autumn of 2023, we saw lots of cases of Haemonchus Contortus in sheep, goats, and alpacas. Haemonchus, also known as the Barber’s pole worm, lives in the abomasum of small ruminants, feeding on blood. Each worm can ingest up to 0.05ml/day, so a sheep with 5000 worms may lose 250ml of […]

Post movement reminder!

May 17th, 2024

We are still hearing that farmers are unaware of the post movement testing required for cattle moving from higher incidence areas of England and Wales into the annual surveillance areas of the Edge Area. Cattle require testing 60-120 days after their arrival. This affects farms in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire but not Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, or Bedfordshire. […]

Post Movement TB testing

February 6th, 2024

We are now undertaking regular post movement testing for clients after the new rules came in in August 2023. All animals moving from higher incidence areas of England and from Wales into the annual surveillance areas of the Edge Area require post movement TB testing 60-120 days after their arrival. This affects farms in Northamptonshire […]

Fly Control Products

February 6th, 2024

Following our successful talk in November on alternative fly control, we are pleased to announce we are now able to sell fly buckets and bait traps from Bestico. Fly traps are an alternative to using pour on or spot on products which can have a negative effect on the beneficial insect populations during the summer. […]

Mastitis sampling project

February 6th, 2024

APHA is undertaking a ewe mastitis bacteriology project during the 2023/2024 lambing season. The aim of the project is to improve surveillance of the different bacteria causing mastitis in ewes and to provide antimicrobial resistance data. In addition, samples will also be used to provide surveillance for other organisms that may play a role in […]

Nematodirus battus, keep an eye on the forecast this spring…

February 6th, 2024

Nematodirus is a worm that can cause sudden death and significant growth reductions in lambs. It is different to other worms because the larvae survive within the egg on the pasture, allowing infection to pass from one lamb crop to the next year’s lamb crop. This means pasture that had ewes and lambs on in […]

Further Bluetongue Update

February 6th, 2024

A case of the notifiable disease, Bluetongue was confirmed in a cow near Canterbury, Kent, on 11 November, following routine testing. As of 4th Feb, there have now been 83 Bluetongue cases on 44 premises in Kent and Norfolk. Most cases have been in cattle but some have been found in sheep. Until recently all […]

Update on Bluetongue cases in UK

December 20th, 2023

Update on Bluetongue cases in UK A case of the notifiable disease, Bluetongue was confirmed in a cow near Canterbury, Kent, on 11 November, following routine testing. A Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) was implemented within 10km of the case. Following active surveillance, in total 30 cases have been identified on 17 premises with 12 different […]

Liver Fluke

November 16th, 2023

Liver fluke has a significant impact on beef, sheep and dairy sectors.  The threat of resistance to some of the available products has started to loom large and a whole farm approach is necessary to avoid parasite challenge and make correct treatment decisions rather than dosing routinely and potentially unnecessarily. Routine fluke treatment is not […]

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