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On Wednesday 25th October, Orkney Auction Mart was the location of a Nutrition and Liver Fluke Focus evening. This evening was hosted by Birsay Farmers, in conjunction with Bimeda and Rumenco. Over fifty farmers were in attendance to learn about liver fluke and trace element deficiencies. Rachel Mallet, Bimeda Professional Services Vet, discussed the importance of investigating suspected trace element imbalances. Investigating whether a trace element deficiency exists in the herd/flock is worth undertaking as such deficiencies can be detrimental to animal health and fertility. She advised that farmers need to make sure that they use the correct form of…
The Northern Ireland Simmental Society recently held its annual Autumn Sale in Dungannon Farmers Market in Co. Tyrone. This event is a very important date in the Simmental Society calendar, with breeders coming from all over Northern Ireland. Bimeda were extremely proud to sponsor male champion and reserve champion. The male champion winner was exhibited by Joe Wilson. In the female category, Bimeda sponsored the overall champion and reserve. The winning female champion was exhibited by Duncan McDowell. Kevin McAnenly, Bimeda Territory Manager for Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, was on hand to present the winners with their…

Focus on Fluke

Monday, 09 October 2017 17:52
Get updated with a FREE 1 hour webinar by Dr Philip Skuce Bimeda and Henry Schein Animal Health are inviting you to join their webinar on the 17th October at 2.00pm. Dr Philip Skuce will discuss the life cycle of Fasciola hepatica, pathology, risk factors and clinical signs of liver uke disease to ensure a sound understanding. This will enable prescribers to deliver advice on the appropriate control of liver uke with particular emphasis on the right active at the right time. The cost of Liver uke on welfare and production will also be covered. There will be an opportunity…

The Role of Iodine in Foetus Development

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:20
Deficiency of iodine can often come as a surprise to producers following a bad calving season. Adult animals can appear to cope relatively well for extended periods of time in spite of being deficient in iodine. While they may appear clinically healthy to the naked eye, regular monitoring of performance indicators would give an early warning that action and investigation may be appropriate. Ideally farmers should be scheduling regular monitoring of trace element blood status into their herd health plan in late pregnancy (approximately 3 months pre-calving). This would allow them to take action while disease is sub-clinical and before…
A particularly warm and wet start to Summer in 2017 may result in a greater risk of liver fluke disease this Autumn meaning UK farmers must be ready to take action. Fascioliasis is the name given to the disease caused by the Liver fluke parasite and may be caused by: The migration of fluke through the liver tissue causing damage The present of the adult flukes in the bile duct Life Cycle Adult fluke inside the bile duct lay eggs which are passed out in the faeces on to the pasture. From the moment the fluke releases the egg until…
Dipping ceased to be compulsory in 1992 leading to a greater incidence of sheep scab with an estimated 60-fold increase in disease on UK farms1. In spite of having 4 medicinal active ingredients available with 16 different brands/preparations licenced and available in the UK, we are still struggling to get this disease under control. Scab is still a major concern for UK sheep producers as it has a significant impact on the health, welfare and productivity of affected animals.   What is Sheep Scab? Sheep scab is a disease caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis which lives on the skin…
Nutrition in the run up to tupping is critical to ensure success. Every year farmers are spending money on various supplements for their ewes often without knowing what they actually require. To guarantee optimum nutrition you should be working with your vet to determine the current trace element status of your flock and your vet can then advise which trace elements, if any, are required. Nutrition in the run up to tupping is critical to ensure success. Every year farmers are spending money on various supplements for their ewes often without knowing what they actually require. To guarantee optimum nutrition…
Flies are notorious for causing a nuisance to cattle but are you aware they can be responsible for more serious issues, such as the transmission of disease between animals?In the UK there are at least 20 species of fly which feed on cattle. Different species of flies feed on different secretions or tissues. Some pierce the skin and feed on blood; while others feed on secretions such as sweat, skin secretions, saliva, or tears. Some flies even feed on excretions such as urine or faeces.There are two ways in which flies cause harm to cattle:NuisanceAnimals which are exposed to a…

Trace Elements and Growing Lambs

Thursday, 06 July 2017 14:41
There is a great deal of pressure when trying to finish lambs for sale and there are numerous factors which can result in delays. Trace element status of growing lambs is an aspect which should not be overlooked as deficiencies and toxicities will lead to reduced productivity. Did you know that an adequate supply of cobalt is critical for lamb growth? After cobalt is consumed by the lamb, it reaches the rumen where bacteria utilise the cobalt to produce Vitamin B12. This Vitamin B12 is integral to glucose synthesis and thus impacts on how the lamb utilises its food (as…
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