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

Dairy

VIDEO: Coughing cows

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We are now seeing lots more coughing adult dairy cows. In this video I look through risks for coughing cows particularly with lungworm in mind.

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Clinical mastitis

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Clinical/environmental mastitis issues The areas to focus on! The environment and housing Drying off Milking routine Milking machine Record keeping Nutrition I have listed off priority areas I feel that you need to establish or try adapt new behaviours that will reduce your clinical mastitis incidence. Let’s

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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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Redwater (Babesiosis)

Redwater You always remember certain cases, one that sticks in my mind as a (very) young vet was a big black AngusX cow. She was hyper-excitable that evening, a very high temperature, hollow with a bad scour. When I examined her I was quiet baffled, being newly

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Cows eating stones (PICA)

Cows eating stones (PICA) Over the last four years at this time of year I’ve seen a notable increase in calls about cows eating stones. This condition called PICA is not just cows eating stones, but plastic, timber, feasting in ditches and chewing on the bark of

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Weaning dairy calves

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Weaning Dairy Calves at Grass As calves are turned out to grass ensure weaning is being done correctly. Watch calves around weaning and after on spring grass to ensure they don’t go backwards.

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