The story Behind Cobalt in Sheep

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What is Cobalt and why does Sheep need it?

Cobalt is required in all ruminants’ diets solely for the synthesis of vitamin B12. In other words, sheep require vitamin B12, not cobalt to function.

Now you are wondering “What is Vitamin B12 used for?” Vitamin B12 plays a huge role in the everyday functioning of a ruminant’s body as it is needed for the metabolism of energy and the production of red blood cells. The vitamin  is stored in the liver, and also has a role in wool and body growth in sheep. Continue reading “The story Behind Cobalt in Sheep”

Vetinerary Corner: Do you know how vital Colostrum is?

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This week Vet Sarah Ryan continues her advice on calving by talking  through how vitally important colostrum is to the new born calf.

Colostrum

So hopefully at this point we have a healthy calf on the ground delivered safely! The most important thing on the list now is of course colostrum. I will say it again Colostrum.
And once again for good measure Colostrum Continue reading “Vetinerary Corner: Do you know how vital Colostrum is?”

Farm Safety- Lets talk about Responsibility

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Farm Deaths

There has been a huge spike in farm related deaths over the last number of weeks. Many of them children who were helping parents on the farm. While some take issue with children helping on the farm,  for many farms having children helping is essential because of self isolation or restrictions stopping some farm workers getting to work! For others, putting children to work is the only way to keep them occupied when stuck at home. I have no problem with children helping on the farm as I personally believe it helps build character and work ethic.  However, no matter the reason, safety must always be forefront for all the family on the farm!

Stop The messing on the farm

While many of us take safety as a top priority, the recent trend of video’s being uploaded from farms around the country shows clearly that it is not for everyone. If you think the outrage at these videos is unfounded; it is not. Farming is already under the spotlight for being the least safe profession in the country. When the public see the recklessness shown in these videos it will only increase calls for tougher inspections on farm safety. As annoying as I would find such inspections on my own farm, it is hard to argue against such a move when there is such clear evidence of wrongdoing. Continue reading “Farm Safety- Lets talk about Responsibility”

Vetinerary Corner: Protecting Your Farm From Covid 19

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Back after a Covid 19 hiatus

We have not had a chance to post in a while due to these are strange times. We have come under increased pressure due to covid 19 restrictions but here at Agridirect we are still doing our best to serve the farming community. Unfortunately, we are experiencing some delays in certain products arriving to us and some delays with our couriers getting products to customers. However, we have all hands-on deck to try and get as many orders out as quickly as possible which is why this post is a few weeks later than planned.

In this post our vet Sarah Ryan shares some tips on how to protect your farm from Covid 19. Continue reading “Vetinerary Corner: Protecting Your Farm From Covid 19”

Veterinary Corner with Sarah Ryan- Calving Part 2

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I outlined a few things to keep in mind before calving in my last article. Its time to talk about the main event: Calving itself; and Importantly when to intervene, and when to call the Vet. Like I have mentioned calving facilities should be clean, well bedded, have lighting and above all, safe. The use of individual calving boxes is preferable where possible but well managed group pens are just as good.
We get asked a lot of questions about timing and where it varies from animal to animal. Of course, you yourself will have animals you know are slow to calf and others that like to get down to business. When it comes to calving, the one thing I always say is progression. If things are progressing normally and within reasonable time limits, then things will generally look after themselves. Continue reading “Veterinary Corner with Sarah Ryan- Calving Part 2”

Reducing Lamb Losses in First 24hrs

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Feeding before lambing

Feeding the ewe well in the weeks before lambing can help reduce first 24-hour lamb losses significantly. Ewes that have a good quality diet of high dry matter silage/hay and concentrates will fair better, it will help the developing lamb fetus grow and ensure the lamb has an adequate layer of fat to help provide energy for the first few hours after birth. Good feeding of the ewe will also help ensure that the lamb is vigorous when born, supplying the lamb with energy to help it stand and suck early. Continue reading “Reducing Lamb Losses in First 24hrs”

Agridirect Veterinary Corner – Sarah Ryan on Spring Calving

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Veterinary Corner

The Agridirect blog is delighted to launch our new collaboration with Veterinary practitioner Sarah Ryan, from DKD Veterinary Services, a mixed practice in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Sarah is a second-generation vet, with her Father John Dixon setting up DKD Veterinary services in 1980. Sarah herself graduated from UCD and joined her fathers’ practice in 2009. Since then she has been visiting farms in the locality, to help with everything from births to lost causes and everything in between. We are delighted to say she has agreed to become a regular contributor with us. Sarah will be offering advice on all aspects of animal health and husbandry, while also sharing her own practical experiences. Continue reading “Agridirect Veterinary Corner – Sarah Ryan on Spring Calving”

Allsure- Do you know what Trace Elements your Sheep Need?

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Approaching Trace Element deficiency in sheep

Animax’s Allsure sheep boluses are becoming the go to bolus for sheep farmers around the country.-the reason: trace element deficiency in sheep is increasingly becoming a problem. The signs associated with trace element deficiency can often subtle in onset and often present as poorly growing lambs during late summer or early autumn. There is also considerable interplay between  factors such as seasonal changes in grass growth, diet and management for complexes such as Parasitic Gastro Enteritis (PGE) and trace element deficiency. As such it is important to consider and deal with all the issues including any  parasitic problems. Continue reading “Allsure- Do you know what Trace Elements your Sheep Need?”

Twin Lamb Disease- Do you know what to do for your flock?

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Many sheep farms are now in the final stretch of the pre-lambing period. High-quality care and management of ewes in the final 6 weeks of pregnancy are essential for good live birth rates and survival. Few people realise that 75% of lamb growth happens during this period. Farmers should be checking their flocks twice daily to check feed supplies are adequate and to observe ewe behaviours for any signs that may indicate illness. Illness at this stage could impact ewe and lamb, significantly impacting profits. One of the most frequent illnesses seen in flocks is Twin Lamb Disease. Continue reading “Twin Lamb Disease- Do you know what to do for your flock?”

Calf Investment Scheme: Do you know what’s required to Avoid the Pitfalls?

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The Department has announced the details of the new Calf Investment Scheme (CIS). On the surface it seems like a great opportunity for farmers to invest and expand. However, as usual there is a lot of technical jargon hiding the important information! It appears that the proclaimed 40% isn’t quite as it appears! Here at Agridirect we have taken the time to sift through the excess information and give you whats important. Hopefully it will help some get a better idea of what will be expected of them before signing up. Continue reading “Calf Investment Scheme: Do you know what’s required to Avoid the Pitfalls?”