Any disease or ill health in livestock can have a negative impact on production through reduced growth rates, fertility, and rearing ability. Poor or prolonged performance will result in a rise in input costs, an extended period to sale, potentially reduced market value, and in some cases, increased mortality rates which will also result in a higher carbon footprint for the farm business.
Disease surveillance is an important thing for farmers and crofters to consider, this series of videos collaborates with vets across Scotland and goes through some of the key areas you need to consider, including:
- Trace element deficiencies
- Small calf syndrome
- Bovine tuberculosis
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