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

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Sheep worms and resistance

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In this video I go through worming plans for a flock with the back drop of worm resistance.   I use the whiteboard and some bad art work to deliver this message!   Let me know what you think?

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Talking to an expert

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Last week i caught up with vet Denis howard in Co. Cork Denis is also a suckler farmer and we chatted about herd health in his suckler herd.

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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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Orf in lambs

Orf in lambs A disease we deal with in sheep during the spring and early summer is orf caused by a virus called parapox. This is a virus that causes a painful skin condition in both sheep in goats. It can affect lambs around the muzzle, mouth

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Mycoplasma bovis

Mycoplasma Bovis Five years ago I had my first experience with mycoplasma in a dairy herd. The herd had its third, severely lame cow one of which was down. On arrival on farm we also were alerted to another problem, a number of cows had mastitis that

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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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Hot or cold?

Are we hot or cold? We’ve all played that game as children, when your close to the prize your hot and when you move away your getting cold. The prize at breeding time is finding those cows in heat so we can serve them. We’re cold when

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Nematodirus RISK time

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At this time of year with spring lambs out at pasture we must be ever vigilant for roundworm nematodirus battus. In this short video i look at why? It’s different and why need to act fast if we suspect symptoms.  

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What’s the Score?

What’s the score? When we go to look at a football or rugby match at half time what’s our first thought? What’s the score? Where are things at in the game, we need to know this to get an idea of how our team is going. This

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Subclinical mastitis SCC

Somatic Cell Count SCC (contagious mastitis) All across the world one measure of milk quality is somatic cell count or SCC. High SCCs in a herd can mean many things. The perception is often it means treatment costs, discarded milk and penalties. However the reality is the

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