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Cow Brushes now available in galvanised finish
7 May 2020 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Cow Brushes now available in galvanised finish

Cow Brushes now available in galvanised finish
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Antimicrobial use and resistance:  UK sheep industry perspective
1 August 2019 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Antimicrobial use and resistance: UK sheep industry perspective

Antimicrobial use and resistance: A UK sheep industry perspective-
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30 July 2019 | Article by Graham Shepherd

The Latest on Sheep Lameness from The University of Warwick

For those of you with a need for deeper knowledge, take a look at The University of Warwicks website on footrot, scald and also they have a free app for monitoring lameness

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/research/greengroup/sheeplameness/
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Collect your copy of our New Sheep Health Brochure
22 May 2019 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Collect your copy of our New Sheep Health Brochure

Collect your copy of our new Sheep Health brochure
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10 May 2019 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Penn State research involving Duecinox Calf Milk Pasteuriser

Prof. Jud. Heinrichs conducted research at Penn State on calves fed once or twice a day on pasteurised whole milk with and without a yeast supplement
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 Ammonia emissions reduced by using a Carbon-Clay ingredient
17 September 2018 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Ammonia emissions reduced by using a Carbon-Clay ingredient

Ammonia emissions from cows, pigs & poultry shown by using a Carbon-Clay ingredient
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Conquering Ketosis
27 April 2018 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Conquering Ketosis

The key to conquering ketosis lies in combining technology, data, and good stockmanship, believes James Oddie, Director of Farming and Innovations and Operations at Myerscough College. Ketosis, a metabolic disease, causes reduced feed intake, reduced milk production and lethargy which consequentially can lead to further production losses over the whole lactation, fertility problems and increases susceptibility to secondary disease.
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Pasteurisation of Calf Milk works well at University of Bologna
16 November 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Pasteurisation of Calf Milk works well at University of Bologna

My name is Sara Speroni and I work for 10 years in the dairy cattle breeding department of the University of Bologna Veterinary Medicine.
I knew the 2CINOX Company 8 years ago when we bought from them an 80 liter pasteurizer; since then we use it twice a day and
I am very satisfied because the machine works very well and the use of fresh milk has given us in the growth of calves excellent results

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MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE DAIRY INNOVATION A DUTCH TREAT!
13 November 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE DAIRY INNOVATION A DUTCH TREAT!

MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE install Hanskamp Walk Through Out Off Parlour Feeders. Installed by a local firm, SHEPHERD AGRI / Shepherd Dairy services, who also coupled the feeders with Collinson hoppers and AfiMilk & AfiLab equipment & software.
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Antibiotics for calf scours?
26 October 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Antibiotics for calf scours?

Colostrum management and disinfection are the first overriding prevention measures. In response to a recent post, no one in Facebook land really knows why oral antibiotics might be used?
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Measuring dairy heifer calf growth- Results from South UK
25 September 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Measuring dairy heifer calf growth- Results from South UK

Growing healthy heifers well is vital for future dairy herd health, production and profit.
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Ketosis Management
23 August 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Ketosis Management

Recently SHEPHERD AGRI have installed AfiMilks "AfiLab" system and Myerscough Colleges dairy farm near Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Youtube Video , Factsheet Link

One of the advantages is early Ketosis detection, so cows can be treated and extra energy sources given.
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Disinfectant research against Salmonella
27 July 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Disinfectant research against Salmonella

The disinfectant group that TK Swordsman belongs to was found to be most effective against Salmonella in tests simulating farm environments, farm surfaces and boot dips.

Chlorocresol, one of its active ingredients, was found to be effective in all situations against Salmonella.
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18 July 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Meeting the challenge of reducing antibiotic use in food animals

Innovation for Agriculture Conference " Meeting the challenge of reducing antibiotic use in food animals" report: On 4th July 2017 I (Graham Shepherd) attended the conference at Stoneleigh. It was a frank discussion of "what is happening", "where are we going" & "how might we get there". I was going to write my own report, but the following is an excellent report on the day from Food & Farming Futures
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Feed Passage Coatings do increase cow dry matter intake
24 May 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Feed Passage Coatings do increase cow dry matter intake

GSAH Feed Passage Coating is an epoxy resin-based mix, which is applied over concrete and provides a smooth surface for the feeding area.

Cows prefer to eat off a smooth surface. Feed stays fresher because there is not a layer of rotting material in the rough concrete.

Farmers report that cows do eat more there is less time spent clearing away uneaten food.
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DIARID range of Gut-Active Charcoal + Kaolin is now complete.
5 May 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

DIARID range of Gut-Active Charcoal + Kaolin is now complete.

DIARID range of Gut-Active Charcoal + Kaolin is now completed with boluses and now paste in Dial-a-dose syringes
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Milkrite Liners now available- Major manufacturer types.
27 April 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Milkrite Liners now available- Major manufacturer types.

Milkrite Liners now available on website. Fullwood, Boumatic, De laval, Dairymaster, Gascoigne, Gea, Manus type.
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Benefits of Feeding "NCC" to pigs, in the slurry
16 March 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Benefits of Feeding "NCC" to pigs, in the slurry

Benefits of Feeding "NCC" to pigs, in the slurry
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USE OF NATURAL CARBON CLAY IN CATTLE, GOATS, PIGS & POULTRY
2 March 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

USE OF NATURAL CARBON CLAY IN CATTLE, GOATS, PIGS & POULTRY

USE OF NATURAL CARBON CLAY IN CATTLE, GOATS, PIGS & POULTRY

USEFUL ACTIONS OF NATURAL CARBON CLAY (NCC):-

1) Binding of harmful substances.
Natural Carbon Clay binds different toxins. (Carretero, 2002; Thacker, 2013) Toxins are particles of harmful fungi, plants or bacteria that in this case act on the intestines. Often these toxins are cumulative with something else: it shows no signs of poisoning alone, but the presence of toxins leads to a (severe) damage to the immune system of the animal, making it more susceptible to other animal pathogens. Natural Carbon Clay binds both toxins from plants, heavy metals, aflatoxins (mycotoxins), viruses and enterotoxins. (Carretero, 2002;Thacker, 2013; Lipson, 1983b) & Stotzky
2) It protects the intestinal cells.
The mucus layer in the intestine is a kind of lining that sits on the intestinal wall to protect the intestinal cells. This mucus layer acts to protect the intestinal cells from pathogens but to allow absorption of nutrients. Natural Carbon Clay helps to maintain this mucus layer. (Carretero, 2002) The health and the growth of the animal are improved. Natural Carbon Clay can be used as a preventive tool against diarrhoea and reduce the severity of diarrhoea. (Song et all, 2011) Bucket rearing of calves can be greatly aided by using Natural Carbon Clay.
3. Increasing the feed efficiency.
Providing Natural Carbon Clay has a positive influence on the feed efficiency. This is because Natural Carbon Clay has a catalyst role in breaking down carbohydrates. (Shapiro, 1986; Trckova, 2004)
4) Improve the climate.
Because Natural Carbon Clay binds ammonium (NH4 +) in the manure, it cannot pass to ammonia (the gas form, NH3). This gives a better environment in the shed and less irritation to the respiratory tract of animals. (Carretero, 2002)
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DIARID Calf Bolus for Digestive Disturbance
14 February 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

DIARID Calf Bolus for Digestive Disturbance

G Shepherd Animal Health release a new bolus for calves with digestive disturbances. It is a non-drug antimicrobial coupled with a natural carbon+kaolin material that binds toxins, infective particles and excess water.
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Levels of Antibiotic Use- A Dairy Perspective
8 February 2017 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Levels of Antibiotic Use- A Dairy Perspective

Reducing the use of antibiotics is very high on the agenda for the United Nations, DEFRA, the Chief Medical Officer and supermarket agriculture teams. Agriculture is not a scapegoat here, as it is recognised that most of the human drug resistance is from drug use in humans. However, resistance can cross over both ways and farming should do what it can.
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Improving the diagnosis of Johne's disease
8 December 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Improving the diagnosis of Johne's disease

Moredun magazine , Autumn Winter 2016 details their latest research into improving the tests for Johnes disease.
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2 September 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Reducing Antibiotic Use in Cattle & Sheep

I do not personally think antibiotic use in ruminants (Dairy, Beef & Sheep) is out of control, but there are other methods of promoting health that could be made use of to reduce drug use further
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25 July 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Excess Iodine can be a problem too!

A recent Vet Record article described how multiple supplements to a flock of ewes produced excess iodine and so the lambs did not absorb colostrum immunity.
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New Colostrum Article added to the Discovery Centre
28 June 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

New Colostrum Article added to the Discovery Centre

We have a new up-to date article on colostrum management on dairy farms

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10 June 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

New Blood Test for Bovine TB

New Blood Test for Bovine TB
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New Barrier Teat Dip available- Gladiator from Boumatic
22 March 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

New Barrier Teat Dip available- Gladiator from Boumatic

Gladiator Chlorine Dioxide Teat Dip for Post Milking from Boumatic.

Help prevent bacteria from entering the teat canal between milkings with Gladiator Barrier. This activator and base system forms barrier with long lasting, germ-killing properties. It is also formulated with skin care moisturizers and exfoliators that promote healthy teat ends.
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Reducing Sheep Lameness in the UK
17 February 2016 | Article by Megan Thomas

Reducing Sheep Lameness in the UK

It was found that lameness in sheep in England halved between 2004 & 2013 from 10% to 5%. Footrot & scald are still the most common cause of lameness but 58% of flocks now contagious digital dermatitis (CODD) and this is contributing to lameness significantly.
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Cut down on heifer ‘sick days’ with a focus on herd health.
14 January 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Cut down on heifer ‘sick days’ with a focus on herd health.

You will no doubt agree that the future productivity and profitability of any livestock farm is deeply rooted in the genetics and management of the replacement young stock. Cogent and yourselves supply either side of the genetics equation, while management is mostly covered by health, nutrition and environment.
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12 January 2016 | Article by Megan Thomas

Formaldehyde now classified as a Category 1B carcinogen.

From 1 January 2016 formaldehyde will be classified as a Category 1B carcinogen. This means certain restrictions will apply to it.

It will only be able to be used for professional use, and it can only be put on the market by a registered supplier. It will have to be labelled appropriately for its chemical categorisation and therefore used in a competent manner.
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Short Article on Twisted Calfbed / Uterine Torsion
31 December 2015 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Short Article on Twisted Calfbed / Uterine Torsion

A short article on Twisted Calfbed / Uterine Torsion has been added to the Discovery Centre
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27 October 2015 | Article by Graham Shepherd

EBLEX Project highlights Johnes in cows and sheep

EBLEX Fallen Stock Post Mortem Project highlights Johnes in suckler cows and sheep
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Rumen Magnets- latest test results
21 August 2015 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Rumen Magnets- latest test results

Test results are in comparing various rumen magnets used in cattle for preventing "wire" or hardware disease.
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Colostrum Management in the Beef Suckler Cow
5 May 2015 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Colostrum Management in the Beef Suckler Cow

Calves weaned per cow bulled is a key determinant of suckler beef business profitability. Colostrum intake, soon enough and in the correct amount is a key event in calf survivability. Several cow, calf and environmental factors affect passive transfer.
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Heat-treated colostrum outperforms non-heat-treated in calves
5 May 2015 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Heat-treated colostrum outperforms non-heat-treated in calves

Heat-treated colostrum outperforms non-heat-treated colostrum in terms of quality and transfer of immunoglobulin G in calves
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Action Johnes Initiative
28 April 2015 | Article by Megan Thomas

Action Johnes Initiative

The “Action Johnes Initiative” will help to manage & reduce the incidences of Johnes disease in dairy cattle.

Lyndon Edwards, Chairman of the Action Johnes Group states that...
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Arthritis & Joint-ill in lambs
28 April 2015 | Article by Megan Thomas

Arthritis & Joint-ill in lambs

Arthritis & Joint-ill in lambs

The most common cause in the UK is a bug called Streptococcus dysgaloctia, usually infecting the lamb through the naval.
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Cobalt Deficiency in Sheep & Cattle
31 March 2015 | Article by Megan Thomas

Cobalt Deficiency in Sheep & Cattle

Cobalt is an essential mineral required by lambs to optimise health and growth. Most UK pastures tend to be low in cobalt or high in manganese which inhibits the uptake of cobalt.
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Best Practices for Proper Colostrum Management
24 March 2015 | Article by Megan Thomas

Best Practices for Proper Colostrum Management

Best Practices for Proper Colostrum Management an information booklet from Dairy Technic http://issuu.com/dairytechinc./docs/colostrum-poster_8pgbooklet_r032015
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Johne's Disease Latest Facts
12 March 2015 | Article by Megan Thomas

Johne's Disease Latest Facts

Johne's Disease is a silent but deadly killer if not controlled. Its best to catch it early by regular testing, & monitoring of your herd.
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Study shows heat-treated colostrum performs better
12 March 2015 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Study shows heat-treated colostrum performs better

A study recently published in the Journal of Dairy Science showed that heat-treating colostrum supported greater immunity in Jersey calves.
This study gives scientific confirmation that Dairy Tech equipment and Perfect Udder bags work for successfully heat treating colostrum.

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Portable Milking Machine
3 March 2015 | Article by Megan Thomas

Portable Milking Machine

Valuable bit of kit the milking machine is Ideal for freshly calved cows in your calving yard. Don't risk moving your newly calved cows to the parlour enabling you to milk her immediately and feed her colostrum to the valuable calf within the first few hours of life.
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10 October 2014 | Article by Simon Wragg (Farmers Guardian)

Win the colostrum race to secure herd’s future

Getting quality colostrum from a dam and into a calf as quickly as possible after calving has a major impact on replacement heifer growth, fertility, milk production and rearing cost, speakers from the US, UK and Netherlands told producers at the ForFarmers’ Youngstock Conference, Nantwich. Simon Wragg reports.
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25 August 2014 | Article by Aly Balsom (Farmers Weekly)

Pasteurising milk and colostrum reduces calf scours

Pasteurising milk and colostrum for calf feeding is becoming more popular in the UK. Aly Balsom looks at how it can be done and the potential benefits.
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20 March 2014 | Article by Aly Balsom (Farmers Guradian)

Protecting beef cattle from IBR

ASSESSING disease risk and designing a farm specific herd health programme is essential to protect all beef herds against the effects of IBR.
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Vet's View: Footbathing to help control digital dermatitis
31 January 2014 | Article by Louise Hartley (Farmers Guardian)

Vet's View: Footbathing to help control digital dermatitis

With digital dermatitis now being implicated in non-healing hoof lesions its control is becoming more important than ever.
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