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
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.
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.
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!
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 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
We are giving away Thermal Flasks for your Cold or Hot Drinks
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!
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!
"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.
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!
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.
Tom Richardson and his Vet, Alun Beckett, make use of pelvic area measurement in the shorthorn heifers to improve calving ease in the herd.
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.