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The pro’s and con’s of the vasectomised bull

The pros and cons of a vasectomised bull As breeding approaches fast, farmers are getting ready to start picking up cows in heat. This all important job of spotting cows in heat is getting harder. Bigger herds, cows having shorter and sometimes silent heats. Also like so

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Calf pneumonia

Pneumonia in calves   We know more than ever about the causes, symptoms and treatments of pneumonia in calves. So why? After scour does it continue to be the second biggest issue causing mortality in calves on Irish farms? There are several factors, more intensive systems and

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Calf health the basics

Calf health   Colostrum and nutrition   It has been well established over the last number of years that calf rearing/replacements are the second biggest cost on dairy farms after feed bills. This begins as soon as the calf touches down on the farm. Arguably my experience

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Rumen Fluke

Rumen Fluke: How to Identify & Control It Rumen fluke is a hot topic with many farmers, and I am regularly asked about it at discussion group meetings. The rumen dwelling parasite was discovered about ten years ago, and its significance is the subject of debate. Its

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Lungworm in cattle the basics

Lungworm how to Identify & control it Cattle coughing at pasture is a common complaint in the summer months. Cattle can cough for many reasons, so it is dangerous to jump to conclusions regarding the cause. You need to carefully test the symptoms, the onset, the type

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Lameness in sheep (footrot).

Managing Footrot and lameness in sheep Lameness in sheep is an ongoing issue in many flocks. I have noticed a significant increase in the incidences of footrot over the past two years, and at pasture scald seems to be more of a concern too, yet many cases

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Coccidiosis in lambs and calves

  Coccidiosis As spring progresses we can see the complaint in groups of calves of bloody (black) scour, poor thrive and maybe tenesmus (forcing). One of the common causes of these clinical signs is coccidiosis caused by protozoan parasite of the eimeria species. It is a condition

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Calving: C- Section

Cattle practice in Wicklow has many aspects to the job, no more so than calving cows. While spring time is obviously the peak calving season we have cows calving all year round. While returning to work this week after a very relaxing couple of days off, I got a call to a heifer calving.

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Calving the Cow

The first thing to remember is most cows calve on their own, so often not panicking and leaving them is best. Otherwise here are some of my tips for calving the cow!! Read more tips in this blog post…

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Two approaches to calf scour : Two very different results!

Already Bill was on the back foot from the beginning. Being frustrated over time had left Bill often blaming others like the vet, the mill, the contractor etc etc. Bill unlike John couldn’t see the value in his vet, often when calling him like the last cow with ecoli mastitis the results were poor.

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