Veterinary Care and Herd Health

Success with Johne's

Herdowner’s need to test their entire milking herd to get a handle on their Johne’s status, either using milk at milk recording or blood at the annual herd test. In herds where Johnes is an issue production and fertility are affected, cows are usually culled for infertility or SCC before they develop the clinical signs of Johne’s and begin scouring and losing weight....Read More


Avoiding TCM Residues

What is Trichloromethane (TCM) residue and why is it important?

Cleaning and disinfection in the milk production process on your farm is critically important to the quality of the milk you send to your milk supplier. Chemical solvents containing chlorine are among the most effective and economical for cleaning and disinfecting your milking facilities....Read More


Managing Parasites in Dairy Cows at Housing 2013

Despite a relatively dry summer, there is still a large burden of parasites on grazing swards. Housing is a good time to treat cows as they are not exposed to fluke or worms once housed. Don’t forget to also treat for external parasites (lice and mange). Selection of the correct product or combination of products will save time and money....Read More


The 10 Golden Rules for Successful Vaccination

Make a plan - Talk to your vet and decide which groups of animals should be protected against which diseases....Read More


Schmallenberg Virus (SBV)

This is a new viral infection that effects ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats) and is transmitted by midges. It was first identified in November 2011 near the German town of Schmallenberg. The disease has been detected in 16 countries in Europe and was first reported in Ireland, in Cork, on 30th October 2012. SBV is transmitted by midges (Culicoides) which are normally active in Ireland between April and November....Read More


Leptosporosis & BVD Vaccination

Leptosporosis (Lepto) is a bacterial infection that colonises in the kidney and genital tract of its host.  Lepto can be shed from these organs into the urine for more than 12 months and thus releasing more bacteria into the environment.  Lepto is a highly infectious and is widespread....Read More


Now is the time to review your herd Johne’s programme.

As herdowners we cannot control the weather or milk price fluctuations but we must ensure that we guard against poor production and fertility performance.Johne’s once established in a herd reduces milk yield, reduces fertility and leads to premature culling, also reduced income from incalf heifer salesd....Read More


Redwater Bulletin

Redwater is a life-threatening disease of cattle caused by a parasite called Babesia divergens. The parasite is transmitted by ticks. High risk periods for Redwater are late spring/early summer and autumn. However, cases of Redwater may occur throughout the year, if conditions for ticks are suitable.Farmers should monitor cattle carefully for early signs of Redwater including....Read More


Great Return on Investment for Dairy Farmers in 2013:

Munster’s Dairy herds could be delivering as much as €106m a year more (see map) if they were treated for gutworms, according to research from Merial Animal Health. The company has supported MOO testing.....Read More


Udder Health

By law from 1st Jan 2008 the sale and supply of Intramammary Products (Dry Cow & Milking Cow Tubes) needs to be accompanied by a current veterinary prescription....Read More


Hoof Care and Lameness

Lameness is now a major problem in Irish dairy herds – it has become the second largest dairy cow health challenge after mastitis. Up to 89% of dairy cattle....Read More


Mastitis Control Programme

As we head into the main drying off period for spring calvers, we cover a number of messages to our Mastitis Control Programme members.....Read More

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