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Bimeda UK are delighted to further their commitment to responsible sheep scab control by hosting a nationwide road show. We would like to welcome farmers, vets, SQPs and all with an interest in sheep health, welfare and productivity to attend. Each regional event will feature different speakers who are all experts in the area of sheep scab control. They include Peter Bates (Specialist veterinary entomologist), Lesley Stubbings (Independent sheep consultant), Neil Fell (nationwide mobile plunge dipping contractor) and Rachel Mallet (Bimeda veterinary technical services manager). The speakers will discuss the sheep scab parasite and disease, control options including mobile plunge…
Roy McCrea farms with his two sons, Richard and Mark in Tree Tops Farm. The farm is located in picturesque Claudy in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland. Tree Tops Farm is a dairy enterprise which milks 700 cows. The cows are very high performing, with milk yields of 9000kg, and the farm supplies Stathroy Dairies. A number of years ago, the McCreas were concerned that their herd was not preforming as well as it should be. With the aid of their vet, they embarked on a quest to find out what was holding their herd back. They ran blood tests and…
In recent years the UK has experienced increasingly unpredictable weather conditions making the timing of preventative blowfly strike treatments more challenging. Up to 80% of farms are affected and up to half a million sheep are still struck annually. High risk fly strike season was historically reasonably predictable - beginning in May and ending in September. Lately we have seen the season for blowfly strike beginning as early as March and ending as late as December when winters have been mild. This variation in risk period means farmers must be more observant and more targeted in the timing of preventative…
With so many factors affecting the time taken to finish lambs for sale, such as parasites and disease, trace element status can occasionally be over looked. Trace elements are required by the ruminant and all play vital roles in their growth, development and productivity. If these vital trace elements are not supplied in sufficient quantities to meet the daily needs it will take longer to finish the lambs. Cobalt 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. Vitamin…
Bimeda UK are delighted to announce the launch of a new online CPD learning resource. The Bimeda E-Learning Portal can be found at bimeda-learning.co.uk and hosts a series of interactive CPD presentations and webinars, focused within Bimeda’s core business areas of parasite control, nutrition, equine and dairy production. Each module will contribute to the CPD requirements of veterinarians and SQPs, and a certificate is issued following on from the successful completion of the course, detailing the length of the training or the number of AMTRA points allocated, as relevant. Bimeda UK’s Professional Services Veterinarian, Rachel Mallet, commented: “The Bimeda UK…
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…
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