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Zoonotic diseases can be more than an irritation
Published: 06/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Diseases which can be transmitted between humans and animals must be taken seriously, says Farm Gate vet Mark Stott.


Control fluke in young stock to safeguard milking herds
Published: 06/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Rachel Porter identifies the best advice that SQPs can give on preventing liver fluke.


Survey shows different strategies on vaccination
Published: 04/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Farmers trust vets’ advice - but don’t always take it.


Lameness takes its toll on welfare and profit
Published: 04/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Diagnosis of the cause of lameness is essential for giving the correct treatment and creating a successful prevention plan, says Farm Gate vet Mark Stott.


Focus on hygiene in fight against mastitis
Published: 04/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Diagnostics and good management are the weapons to help newly calved heifers, says Rachael Porter.


Plan turnout tactics to safeguard cattle health
Published: 02/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Dairy farmers will be looking forward to turnout, but need to minimise the risk of staggers and clostridial diseases. Farm Gate vet Mark Stott suggests tactics to follow.


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Latest News
Expert report shows major improvements in the safety of UK eggs - 25-07-2016

A report published today by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) into egg safety has shown a major reduction in the risk from salmonella in UK eggs.


Dairy farmers urged not to use Velactis - 20-07-2016

Farmers are being asked to stop using Velactis following a suspension by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).


New project aims to raise lamb survival rates by 5% - 20-07-2016

Five focus farmers have been selected for a new “Live Lambs” project, facilitated by Scotland’s Rural College and aimed at improving lamb survival.


Bluetongue vaccine now available for farmers in Britain - 18-07-2016

Bluetongue vaccines for sheep and cattle are now available across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.


Vets welcome bluetongue vaccine announcements - 18-07-2016

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that bluetongue (BTV-8) vaccine is now available from two pharmaceutical retailers to manage the risk of a BTV incursion.


Supply and demand remain key influences on sheep trade - 09-07-2016

The basic law of economics regarding supply and demand remains the main factor influencing the sheep trade.


Zoetis is first animal health company to join UK’s Innovation Centre for Livestock Excellence (CIEL) - 05-07-2016

Zoetis is joining forces with the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).


OECD and FAO see likely end to period of high agricultural prices - 05-07-2016

The recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over, say the OECD and FAO in their latest 10-year Outlook. But the two organisations warn of the need to be vigilant as the probability of a major price swing remains high.


BVA urges UK governments to protect the status of vets and vet nurses in Brexit negotiations - 05-07-2016

Following the EU referendum (23 June), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging UK governments to protect the status of EU veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses who are currently living and working in the UK.


Study analyses value loss in prime cattle market - 01-07-2016

The value of the prime cattle market in Great Britain fell by £15 million in the year to February 2016, primarily due to a fall in the base price paid for cattle meeting target specification, according to a new report.