One of the conditions I get asked about time and time again as lambing approaches is Joint Ill. What is Joint Ill? Joint Ill is an infectious arthritis seen in lambs, usually within the first few weeks after birth. In the past this condition has generally been thought to be associated with poor lambing hygiene. […]
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What is a RAMA (Registered Animal Medicines Advisor)?
No Dramas… we’ve got RAMAs! What is a RAMA? More importantly, why do we have them working in the practice? In answer to the first question, a RAMA, a Registered Animal Medicines Advisor, was until quite recently referred to as an SQP (Suitably Qualified Person). To become a RAMA requires a period of modular study […]
Twin Lamb Disease by numbers
A recent article in the Veterinary press (Crilly et al. 2021) reviewed our current thinking of twin lamb disease in ewes – a major clinical syndrome at lambing time. Twin lamb disease is caused by a ewe being in negative energy balance (i.e. she requires more energy from her diet than she is obtaining) and […]
Shape the future – the chance to have your say
You may have spotted in the farming press that in April 2022, AHDB is holding a vote asking all eligible levy payers from Beef, Lamb, Dairy, Pigs and Cereals sectors – how each would like their respective Levy to be used. However, only those who register to vote can do so in April! AHDB is […]
How can friendly flies – Parasitic Wasps – help with on farm fly control?
New solution to fly control Flies are a problem for all of us – Summer mastitis, eye infections, drops in milk yields and growth rates. On top of this, they are a continuous irritation to you and your staff working on farm. Despite our best efforts, flies continue to be a challenge on many farms. […]
Prof Mitloehner – What he doesn’t know about Greenhouse Gases and how they relate to livestock production, isn’t worth knowing! BCVA Congress session review
The piste de resistance of BCVA’s sustainability series was UC Davis Professor Frank Mitloehner (@GHGGuru on Twitter). Prof Mitloehner previously served as the chairman of a Global United Nations & Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. His key research quantifies ruminant greenhouse gas emissions and investigates […]