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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.

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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

10 June 2016 | Article by Graham Shepherd

New Blood Test for Bovine TB

New Blood Test for Bovine TB

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.

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.

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.

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

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