Farming Tips and Advice – Videos and Blogs from Tommy the Vet

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Farming futures in France

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Traveling to France to meet vet Olivier Crenn a passionate guy on a mission. Through his global farm visits he is helping his farmers achieve more with their herds. We follow him for 48 hours and this is just some of the action we were privelaged to

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Lameness at housing!

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‘I always seem to get a bit more lameness in the winter time when cows are housed”. A very common problem for this time of year, is the battle against lameness in the house. There are two distinct challenges or types of lameness. There is of course

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‘Push versus Pull’ AMR

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Push versus pull, When we talk about changing behaviours it often recognised as one of the most difficult things you can do. In simple terms change can occur by being pushed into it, or by the pull effect often changing because we know the change we make

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Being smart about fluke

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Being smart about fluke! One of the issues I’m seeing increasingly is confusion on the ground. This confusion often is based on technical overload. With so much information coming at you, what do I need to know, what is relevant to me?. With all this noise about

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Weanling Pneumonia can we do better?

Can we do better? Nuzzling in for a less frequent suckle, feeling good to have got to this point in life. Avoiding scours, pneumonia and a having got a worm dose 2 weeks ago. If you could talk to this calf you might say ‘don’t count your

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Weanling pneumonia the risks

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In this video I briefly talk about some of the risks in our suckler herds around weanling pneumonia. Importantly how do you know,  if its an issue on farm. Measuring performance, looking at direct costs and factoring in losses from lung damage on performance ‘the hidden costs’.

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Minerals (part1)

Understanding minerals part 1 This week I went to a two day workshop in Nottingham on minerals and their effect on our farm animals. This is an area I’ve been very interested in for the last number of years. Like most things we must measure minerals before

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Photosensitisation in Cattle

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Sunlight and sore skin While on a call last week I got a call to a very lame stock bull. On arrival I first examined him walking from the pen. I quickly observed that it was stiffness more than lameness and that the bull was unusually red

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Summer Mastitis

Summer Mastitis With the notable rise in temperatures a condition we need to remain vigilant for over the coming  months is summer mastitis. A very common call this time of year is for summer mastitis. Like last week on a Monday evening I got a call to

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Pink Eye in cattle

Pink eye ‘It’s the time of year for it’ How often do we hear that about certain diseases. One such disease is pink eye (infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis) an infectious bacterial disease affecting the eyes particularly of young calves in the summer months. On a case today I

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