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Practical Guides Publications

Mob Grazing With Beef Cattle

Mob grazing with beef cattle can reduce housing cost, improve soil structure and improve pasture productivity long term. This New Entrants Factsheet gives an overview of what it involves and how to get started.

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Positive PR Infographic

This infographic highlights the key messages from the three Positive PR podcasts held with Jane Craigie from Jane Craigie Marketing, Martha Bryce of Sound Bite PR and Claire Pollock from Ardross Farm Shop. What PR is, how to deal with negative PR, how to use social media for positive PR, an example of good PR and some top tips are all covered.

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Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma

Often referred to as “Jaagsiekte” it is caused by a retrovirus. This virus infects the lungs of sheep, causing tumours to develop and fluid to accumulate within the airways.

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Ovine Johne’s Disease

Johne’s is a condition which affects all ruminants, although not in the same way. OJD is a chronic condition which is responsible for causing a reduction in productivity, immunity and fertility.

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Maedi Visna

MV is caused by a retrovirus and is capable of having devastating effects on a flock, significantly reducing fertility and productivity. MV is a chronic wasting disorder, which is increasing in prevalence across UK flocks (recently doubling from 1.4-2.8%).

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Caseous Lymphadenitis

Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) was first detected in UK sheep during 1987 following the importation of infected goats from Germany. Caused by the bacterium “Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis” this is a chronic disease often characterised by the formation of abscesses within the lymph nodes and/or internal organs of infected animals.

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Border Disease

Often referred to as “hairy shaker disease”, Border Disease is caused by a pestivirus very similar to the one which causes Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) in cattle.  Border Disease has the ability to increase the proportion of barren ewes within a flock by 2-8% per year, with infected lambs growing on average 20% slower than uninfected lambs throughout the first six weeks of life.  

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What Antibiotic Should I Choose?

Responsible use of antibiotics should be at the forefront of all our minds – should I use antibiotics?  What antibiotic should I use?  Are other treatments more appropriate?  This guide, along with discussion with your vet should assist with key decisions surrounding antibiotic use.

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What Are Antibiotics?

Responsible use of antibiotics should be at the forefront of all our minds – should I use antibiotics?  What antibiotic should I use?  Are other treatments more appropriate?  This guide, along with discussion with your vet should assist with key decisions surrounding antibiotic use.

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