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

Farming Tips

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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Seasonal calving herd 10 ways to be more proactive

10 key times to focus on in a seasonal calving dairy herd. As a vet I am constantly involved in herd investigations in dairy cows. My approach has now changed to one of planning around key times to ensure we maximise productivity. Like any other business dairy

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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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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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