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14 June 2022 | Article by Graham Shepherd

UK - New NOAH Guideline to play pivotal role in disease control

New guidances on livestock vaccination prioritises the diseases animals should be protected from by default to improve cattle and sheep health in the UK.

NOAH has launched its Livestock Vaccination Guideline

Pasteurising Colostrum Slashes Antibiotic Use
4 April 2022 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Pasteurising Colostrum Slashes Antibiotic Use

Gerald tells us about the history and the recent changes on his dairy farm near Aberystwyth in Wales. He milks 290 pedigree Holsteins for making cheese. Introducing colostrum pasteurisation has improved calf health and reduced the need for antibiotics in the young calf rearing program.

Getting the best start to a great lactation
24 March 2022 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Getting the best start to a great lactation

It's a big change for the cow and a risky one at that!
Giving birth and changing to a lactating cow from a dry cow relies on a lot of things going to plan.

Facts about Mycoplasma in Cattle
11 February 2022 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Facts about Mycoplasma in Cattle

Some facts about Mycoplasma in cattle:
• The sort that causes trouble is called Mycoplasma bovis or bovis for short.
• It causes PNEUMONIA, EAR INFECTIONS & ARTHRITIS in calves
• It causes MASTITIS often in cows, which can be severe.
• It is spread in COLOSTRUM, MILK, in the AIR & on surfaces.
• It is bad to treat!
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SALT, why is it important in Cattle & Sheep feeding?
20 December 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

SALT, why is it important in Cattle & Sheep feeding?

SALT, why is it important in Cattle & Sheep feeding?
Because it is essential to life and needs supplying in correct amounts for good animal health, production & well.

New Bio-degradable packaging for First Thirst FRESH COW DRINK
2 November 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

New Bio-degradable packaging for First Thirst FRESH COW DRINK

New ECO-Packaging for Fresh Cow Drink.

“First Thirst – Fresh Cow Drink” is now available in a Wood Fibre drum with a compostable liner, from G Shepherd Animal Health

COOL OFFERS on ICE-MINT Udder Cream & Ovi-POWER Sheep Drench
7 September 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

COOL OFFERS on ICE-MINT Udder Cream & Ovi-POWER Sheep Drench

We are giving away Thermal Flasks for your Cold or Hot Drinks

ICE MINT - Both sizes are back in stock
23 August 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

ICE MINT - Both sizes are back in stock

ICE MINT - Both sizes are back in stock

COWS ON A BIKE  - A discussion of Energy in Dairy Cows
18 August 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

COWS ON A BIKE - A discussion of Energy in Dairy Cows

Cows on a Bike!

Quick reason for this comment is that a high yielding dairy cow burns energy as fast as a Tour de France cyclist!

PHOSPHORUS – How it works & what it actually does!
2 August 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

PHOSPHORUS – How it works & what it actually does!

What is Phosphorus? It’s a highly reactive chemical usually found as salts, such as “phosphates”. This reactivity is useful in energy storage and release- think about striking a match, as this is a phosphorus reaction.

What does Phosphorus do?

BASICALLY, PHOSPHORUS IS VITAL FOR ENERGY TO POWER EVERYTHING. IF GLUCOSE IS THE PETROL, PHOSPHORUS IS THE SPARK!

Simplifying Calf Scours-  RehydroGEL Liquid Electrolyte
11 June 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Simplifying Calf Scours- RehydroGEL Liquid Electrolyte

"RehydroGEL" is our new liquid calf electrolyte that joins our popular sachet product "Life Guard".

Its unique formulation means that it can be fed diluted in milk or milk replacer.

It combats dehydration and acidosis that are associated with gut disturbances (scours) in calves.

Pumping oral fluids into cows has never been simpler!
24 May 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Pumping oral fluids into cows has never been simpler!

Over the last year we have developed an all round oral fluids supplement for adult cattle, which is pumped into the rumen as the cow will not drink these salty products themselves:-

PumpaCOW "All Purpose" Oral Fluids for Cows.

PumpaCOW is suitable after calving and in cows that are off food or dehydrated.

CALCIUM – How it works & what it actually does!
7 April 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

CALCIUM – How it works & what it actually does!

CALCIUM – How it works & what it actually does!

Correct calcium levels around calving are needed to:-

Keep the cow standing up and walking around
Keep the cow eating well
Produce a good milk yield
Keep the cow healthy.

Use of Heifer Pelvis Measurement to improve calving ease
26 March 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Use of Heifer Pelvis Measurement to improve calving ease

Tom Richardson and his Vet, Alun Beckett, make use of pelvic area measurement in the shorthorn heifers to improve calving ease in the herd.

Cows Showing Standing Heat during Pregnancy
11 March 2021 | Article by Graham Shepherd

Cows Showing Standing Heat during Pregnancy

These researchers looked at cows that were standing in oestrus during pregnancy and compared various parameters with pregnant, non standing cows in the same herds.