News From FarmVets SouthWest

May 2012 Newsletter

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May 2012 Newsletter from FarmVets SouthWest



Copprite is no longer being manufactured and so supply has ended.  However, we have sourced an alternative copper bolus.  Please speak to Art or Mike for more information.

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Following on from last month’s article, a confirmed bovine case has now been reported inSomerset.  Please beware that this virus will cause abortion as well as foetal abnormalities.  If you are experiencing more than seasonal losses it would be a good idea to let us know, and please keep the aborted foetus as this is the only way we can diagnose the virus.  Take care with difficult calvings especially if the back end is not coming easily. If in doubt seek advice rather than just pull!

 Latest facts on Schmallenberg Virus (SBV)

 SBV has now been confirmed on 25 cattle herds and 214 sheep flocks across the country

  • We have had SBV diagnosed in cattle and sheep within the practice
  • Tests for the virus itself and antibodies to the virus have been developed
  • Only a small percentage of animals with antibodies give birth to affected lambs or calves
  • If other closely related viruses are anything to go by recovered animals are likely to have a strong immunity for a considerable time.
  • There is no evidence that SBV can affect humans but pregnant women should avoid handling potentially infected animals.  Everyone should take routine hygiene precautions.
  • SBV has been found in the head of midges.  Viruses in the class to which SBV belongs commonly are “vector-borne” so SBV could kick off again this spring
  • SBV causes congenital defect mainly when animals are infected during early pregnancy
  • Most affected calves/lambs/kids that have brain abnormalities also have limb problems but be on the look out for both.

 SWHLI - Johne’s Disease

This is just a short reminder for those of you who have attended any of the SWHLI initial meetings about Johne’s Disease. There is still money available for this scheme, and if you have not already done so, this is a good time to contact us and get it moving. Remember 70% of the cost is paid for you. 

This disease can be easily overlooked or ignored because the benefits of controlling it are not immediately obvious.  It is worth bearing in mind that Johne’s is increasingly found on farms and very few herds in the country are unaffected. The investigation assesses your risk of contracting the disease, or the progression in your herd if it is already on the farm, and then aims to give you useful guidelines to address the associated issues. 

This disease affects dairy and beef herds and therefore the scheme is relevant to both.  If you feel there are no obvious clinical symptoms (such as scouring or loss of condition) on your farm it does not mean that you don’t have Johne’s within your herd.  It is a condition which suppresses the immune system and therefore can allow other problems to come to the fore, sometimes years after initial infection. 

What is involved? 

  • You must attend a group meeting either held by us or your milk buyer i.e. Milklink or Wisemans 
  • An initial visit from us to assess risks.
  • Blood or milk sampling 30 cows.  If you have dairy cows this can be milk samples taken as part of normal milk recording.
  • Final visit from us when the results are in, to make a plan that helps reduce the risks, and (very importantly) which is feasible and practical for you to put in place.

The best plan in the world is no use at all if it is not sustainable. We will formulate a plan to coincide with your farming system with aims that are achievable.  As time progresses we can adjust the aims and goals accordingly depending on future results or completion of tasks outlined in the original plan.  We strongly feel that for most farmers this is a really worthwhile investment of effort for the future wellbeing of their herd and therefore for future viability and profitability of the enterprise. 

Please contact us at any of the branches if you are interested in becoming involved or have already attended a meeting and would like to progress with the scheme.

 Ivomec Super and Eprinex 

£25 cashback for every 1000ml of Ivomec Super and/or every 5ltr of Eprinex 

£10 cashback for every 500ml of Ivomec Super and/or every 2.5ltr of Eprinex 

To claim the money back don’t forget to pick up a voucher with every purchase of Ivomec Super/Eprinex from any of our three branches.  This is a limited time offer available only until the 30th June 2012!!

 Phil Kenward

 Belated congratulations to Phil Kenward on coming 1st in the Sedgemoor Mile run on 25th March with an impressive time of 6.44 minutes.