With the current COVID-19 situation we, like many others, have stopped running our face to face farmers meetings – specifically Milksure and Mastering Medicines.
After recent enquiries about Milksure, we plan to run an online course on Zoom. We realise this won’t suit everybody but hope that most of you who are interested/need to do the course will be able to join us.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday 23rd October so please contact your local branch if you would like to attend. There will be a 10% discount on our normal price.
We don’t feel the mastering medicines course lends itself at all to being done online. Please speak to us if you need to complete this course and we will try to help.
If you are interested in attending one of these meetings please contact your local branch who will add you to the waiting list.
WORM EGG COUNTS
Thank you for all the recent faecal worm egg count samples submitted – however please avoid dropping them off at our practices on Friday afternoons or Saturdays, if at all possible!
We want to use the freshest samples possible to give you the most accurate results and weekend pressures mean this is not always possible. We welcome samples at any other point of the week!
TORCH FARM VETS UDDER HEALTH SERVICES
Prevention is better than a cure and we have a range of Udder Health services available with the clear objective of minimising mastitis rates, optimising udder health and milk production and minimising the use of antibiotics.
We will be running a series of Udder Health newsletter articles over the coming months providing more detail on the range of services and how they can benefit you and your herd.
MASTDECIDE RAPID ON FARM CULTURE (OFC)
What is Mastdecide?
This is an on farm rapid diagnostic tool to aid in decision making for mastitis therapy.
The incubation time from sampling to obtaining a test result is 8 to 14 hours compared to other systems which are often at least 24 hours and commonly 72.
How does Mastdecide Work?
The principle is as follows:
1. Cow is found to have clots / mastitis.
2. A cow with mild (clots +/- heat in udder) mastitis receives anti-inflammatory e.g. Metacam or ketofen +/- udder mint only
3. Clean / sterile milk sample is taken
4. Sample is placed in Mastdecide Test vials which are then put in on farm incubator
5. The Mastdecide test is ‘read’ after 12-14 hours
What are the benefits of Mastdecide?
1. Rapid result
2. Easy to read and cost effective
3. Only if both test vials turn white (gram positive), is there a definite need for antibiotic treatment
4. Potential saving of antibiotic use in up to 50 % of clinical mastitis cases –
5. Milk from cows that have received anti-inflammatory only can go back in the tank much sooner than if antibiotic tubes had been used
6. Less risk of reduced cure rates in cases that require antibiotic treatment (targeted therapy)
7. Meets key industry objectives of responsible use of antibiotics.
8. Less antibiotic used = less risk of antimicrobial resistance developing
For more information, please speak with your farm’s lead vet(s).
We are really excited to be able to tell you about our new and improved youngstock club.
The aim of the Youngstock Club is to monitor the health and growth of your calves. This will help to identify issues as early as possible to maximise growth and future productivity.
Based on feedback from farms already on the scheme we have gone back to the drawing board and come up with something that we feel will work much better for you and your youngstock.
The benefits you will receive are..
- An assigned Vet Tech
- 12 x Vet Tech Visits (up to 1 hour)
- 20 x Blood Total Protein to assess colostrum intake
- Calf weights (using weigh band)
- A simple to use data collection form
- A short report sent to you and your vet after each visit
Sign up is for a 12 month period with the first 12 farms receiving their first 2 visits free. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to sign up please contact your local branch and ask to speak to one of our techs.
SEVER RISK OF BLOWFLY
The NADIS blowfly forecast suggests that weather conditions in our area mean that local flocks are at severe risk of blowfly strike.
Blowfly strike is caused by female flies being active and laying eggs. At this time you should be closely monitoring and treating cases of strike. Carcasses, dirty backends, foot rot lesions and open wounds are all attractive egg laying sites.
Prompt treatment is a necessity if it is to be successful. If one animal is struck, steps must be taken to protect the rest of the flock.
Speak to your vet for advice on prevention and treatment for your flock.
INTRANASAL VACCINE USERS: RISPOVAL > BOVALTO RESPI SWITCH
We advise any users of Rispoval intranasal vaccine to speak to their vet or contact their local branch.
The practice is moving towards using an alternative equivalent vaccine – Bovalto Respi i/n – and there are benefits available for those making the switch or using the intranasal vaccine for the first time.
Speak to your vet for more information.