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Reducing silage spoilage is all about the detail
Published: 08/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Good clamp management will be key to ensuring that silage spoilage is kept to a minimum on beef and dairy units this winter, says Rachael Porter.


Making the cut to keepcattle healthy this autumn
Published: 08/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Nutrition and worming should be a high priority for farmers at this time of year, says Farm Gate vet Mark Stott.


Plan to reduce effect of gutworm in dairy herds
Published: 08/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Douglas Palmer BVMS MRCVS, veterinary adviser, Norbrook Laboratories, looks at implications and treatment.


Setting the standard in control of Johne’s Disease
Published: 08/2016 in DAIRY/BEEF

Strong protocols and a good team approach are the secret to winning ways, reports Karen Wright.


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.


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Weighing heifers vital as grass quality takes toll - 29-09-2016

This season’s reduced grazing quality has taken its toll on heifer growth rates meaning that regular weighing and appropriate supplementation will be a must this autumn to keep heifers on track.


Milk buyers must move now on milk price - 28-09-2016

NFU Scotland is calling on all milk purchasers in Scotland to immediately recognise the strength of current dairy markets and quickly return Scotland’s dairy farmers to profitable production.


52,000 farmers from 27 member states participate in EU Milk Production Reduction Scheme - 27-09-2016

Commissioner Phil Hogan today welcomed the news that the €150 million Milk Production Reduction Scheme, which he announced in July, has been almost fully subscribed (98.9 %), with applications made offering to reduce production in the final quarter of 2016 by 1.06 million tonnes (of the 1.07 million tonnes available).


Safeguarding animal health and welfare and the veterinary workforce at the heart of BVA’s Brexit priorities - 27-09-2016

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling on the UK Government to ensure existing animal health and welfare, public health, veterinary medicines, workforce, and environmental protection standards are at least maintained as part of negotiations on the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance - 23-09-2016

World leaders have signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines.


Scottish pig industry highlights commitment to antibiotic best practice - 23-09-2016

The Scottish pig industry has taken further steps to ensure it stays at the frontline of best practice in the careful, targeted use of antibiotics.


Rabobank Beef Quarterly Q3 2016: Downward pressure on prices - 22-09-2016

A range of factors are expected to cause cattle and beef prices in many major beef countries to stay subdued or soften over the second half of 2016.


Cattle movement changes from Scottish government - 22-09-2016

Scottish Government has announced that significant changes to Scotland’s system of recording cattle movements are to be introduced at the end of the year.


Maximise IOFC by focussing on feed value and rumen function - 22-09-2016

With 60-70% of the energy and 50-70% of the protein used by the cow coming from the rumen microbes, driving rumen efficiency has to be a top priority for milk producers looking to boost income over feed costs (IOFC) this winter, advises KW nutritionist Charlotte Ward.


Vets call for clear animal welfare labels for UK consumers - 19-09-2016

To mark British Food Fortnight (17 September - 2 October) the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling, which could offer post-Brexit UK food producers and farmers a unique selling point by providing consumers with the clear welfare labelling they want.