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Health Planning [SP.RA.HP]

    Scald In Lambs

    What is scald? Scald is also known as interdigital dermatitis and is most common in lambs.  It is a superficial infection of the skin between the claws caused by the…

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    Nematodirus Hatching…….

    The warm weather has been a welcome return for grass growth and conditions for outdoor lambing’s.  However, this warmer weather has made conditions for Nematodirus battus hatching.  Who favour a period of cold weather followed by a cumulative period of 7-10 days of temperatures over 11ºC.  Nematodirus eggs on the pasture shed by lambs last year will have survived through winter and will hatch in the right conditions now.

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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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    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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    Bolusing Versus Drenching For Ewes

    Boluses or drenches both have their merits for supplementing ewes with trace elements at key times of the production cycle (pre-tupping and pre-lambing), but is one better than the other?  Both are labour intensive but ensure that every animal has received its dose, as opposed to relying on ewes getting their correct allocation from buckets, feed blocks or free access minerals.  

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