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Rearing animals [SP.RA]

    VLOG – Hypothermic Lamb

      Do you know what the temperature of a normal healthy lamb is?* Dealing with chilled lambs can be a regular occurrence if you are lambing outside and the weather…

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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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