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”
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”
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?”
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?”
Dectomax: The best time for use is now!
It’s getting close to that time again when farmers are preparing for housing. Getting sheds ready and organised is foremost for many. Laying out a closing off plan for paddocks and fields is another thing on the mind. You should also have a parasite control plan in place from the start of the year. Unfortunately many are only now considering what wormer to use once the cows are in; before putting it on the long finger again. However now is actually a perfect time to think about dosing your animal’s pre housing! Continue reading “Is this the best Housing Dose Plan For 2019?”
The cows are calved and out to grass in all parts of the country. Now you are probably thinking about your animals’ fertility and getting them back in calf. So begins the regular checking of your animals. Hoping to ensure you catch them at the optimal time for the A.I! Trying to figure out which is the best option tail paint or heat seeker pads; Doing up the pros and cons of each from price, ease of use, and accuracy. It’s a lot of hassle and stress. Maybe you’ve decided it’s better to just let a bull out, hope for the best and see what scans in calf in the autumn.
Whichever way you go you’re only wasting time and money if you haven’t first put in place a fertility plan. Continue reading “Cow Fertility- Do you know what it takes?”
A lot of farmers have been troubled by Coccidiosis, be it with lambs or Calves. Most simply ask a vet or a fellow farmer for advice on how to treat it. They never actually understand what it is they’re dealing with. So I decided to have a better look at what coccidiosis is and how we can avoid it on our farms. Continue reading “Coccidiosis- What is it really?”
Coccidiosis is a disease caused by microscopic organisms called protozoa, which are typically numerous in livestock environments. Animals readily consume coccidia eggs when grazing or simply exploring their surroundings.
How does coccidiosis affect my animal?
Continue reading ““Coccidiosis – now you see me, now you don’t””
Lambing time is fast approaching on many mid-season lambing flocks and farmers are starting to prepare their sheds, fixing up their lambing pens and replenishing their stocks of lambing essentials. Lubricating gel, iodine, marker spray and tail rings are being ticked off the list of requirements. Stores of colostrum are being put on stand-by. We are totally focused on the future lambing down of ewes, on how to keep lamb losses to a minimum and making sure we cover all our bases. This leaves us susceptible to overlooking the jobs that need to be done in here and now.
Continue reading “Lambing Time; Have you Vaccinated Your Flock?”
In the last blog I spoke about the Celts running their animals between two bonfires during Samhain to cleanse them and bring them good luck for the start of the New Year. Cleansing the animals at this time of year is a farming practice that is still valid today, though we’d like to think our methods of cleansing these days is more effective against parasites than a stroll through the bonfire. (But who knows, maybe it does bring luck; if prices don’t improve next year I might try for a bit of bonfire good luck next year!) Continue reading “Parasite Control at Housing”