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Bimeda UK were pleased to host a very successful training evening in the Tannery Bar and Restaurant in Moira, Co. Armagh. The topic for the evening was sheep ecto-parasites with a focus on blowfly strike and sheep scab and best practise in relation to dealing with these parasites. There was great attendance with over 40 SQPs as well as many others interested in learning about sheep ecto-parasites and best practise. Rachel Mallet BVM&S MRCVS conducted the talk and spoke about each disease in turn. She explained the causes and treatment of Blowfly Strike first. This was a timely update as…

Nematodirosis

Friday, 09 March 2018 16:01
Unpredictable weather patterns could result in a high Nematodirosis risk in Spring 2018. This is why it’s vital to keep checking the Nematodirus forecast to determine if and when your lambs are at risk. Nematodirosis is a deadly disease which can strike in young lambs. The parasite Nematodirus battus is ingested from pasture and where high burdens are present can cause severe intestinal damage resulting in profuse, watery diarrhoea and even death. Sheep often become infected by roundworms passed from animal to animal, via the pasture, in the same grazing season. Nematodirus battus is different because it is transmitted from…

Pre Calving Trace Element Status

Friday, 09 March 2018 15:46
The pre-calving management period is a key time to set up the herd for calving, lactation and return to service and is vital for healthy calves. One aspect which must be considered is trace element status. We’re generally very good at realising the importance of nutrition in terms of energy requirements but we shouldn’t neglect the importance of adequate mineral status. The trace elements with the most significance during this period are copper, iodine and selenium -partially because of their importance for healthy offspring and partially because of their role in fertility. Iodine is integral to the thyroid hormones which…
Pictured are Ryann Walker, Bimeda Territory Manager for South East Scotland and North East England, and Neil Fell, mobile sheep dipper and winner of “Farm Contractor of the Year.” The Northern Farmer Awards took place on Thursday 15th February in Harrogate, Yorkshire. There were a variety of awards on offer including Farm Contractor of the Year and Sheep Farmer of the Year. Bimeda were represented by Regional Sales Manager Mike Marron, Territory Managers Emma Walker and Ryann Walker. Farm Contractor of the Year was won by mobile sheep dipper Neil Fell, who is backed by Bimeda. Neil is based in…
Meet the Anderson family – father Bertie and brothers’ Mark and Philip. They farm in Richhill, County Armagh in Northern Ireland. There is a 350 dairy cow herd on the farm, with Holstein cows that provide an annual milk yield of 8,500kg per cow. The farm supplies Dale Farm Dairies so the herd needs to be in peak condition to fulfil this demand. The Anderson brothers spoke to us about their herd and CoseIcure boluses. “We are a high performing herd so the overall health and condition of each cow is very important to us. As part of this, we…
In what is thought to be the first event of its kind, key opinion leaders and representatives from industry bodies, academia, vets, SQPs and veterinary medicine manufacturers joined forces with mobile sheep plunge dippers to discuss the issue of scab in sheep, and to promote best practice for scab control. The event took place in Haydock and drew attendees from Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, who came together to discuss the issue of ethical and effective scab control. This is an issue of ever-increasing prominence following on from recent reports confirming the detection of resistance of the…
Bimeda is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Sobey to the position of General Manager for the UK business. Chris brings with him a wealth of industry experience; having held a range of commercial positions at Novartis and, most recently, at Vetswest Ltd. He is noted for the development of a growth strategy which saw the Vetswest business increase from 26 to 260 members as well as for the key role he played in the 2015 sale of the business to MWI. In his role as Vetswest’s Managing Director, he was known within the industry for a robust strategy…
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…
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