Under new rules, sending ANY inconclusive reactors (IRs) disclosed at a TB test, to slaughter, PRIOR to their retest, is likely to result in DEFRA requiring a whole herd TB test; a so-called ‘check test’. This is still the case, even if permission from APHA/DEFRA has been obtained to send the IR(s) to slaughter.
In addition, if an IR is an involuntary cull prior to being re-tested, for example if an IR has to be sent to SeCanim, it is likely that a check test will also be actioned by APHA.
Please be aware of the implications surrounding culling of IRs as you await their retest. This will not be the case if your herd is already subject to another whole herd test e.g. because you also had reactors at the previous test.
Blandford & Shaftesbury
All branches open Saturday 16th from 8.30am-12pm
PLEASE NOTE OUR OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND
Join us to find out how to improve your herd health and profitability!
Come along and experience an open day with a difference at Causeway Farm, on Wednesday 23rd March from 11am.
With speakers from Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Semex and Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic, we’ll explore:
- SenseHub technology, its performance and benefits
- Genetics usage and breeding immunity into your herd
- The role of a veterinary care provider in monitoring cow health and fertility
Address: Causeway Farm, Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9PX
Wednesday 23rd March 2022 @ 11am
Attendance is permitted by registration only. To register for the event, please visit bit.ly/33ek9Ny
At Friars Moor we are helping to raise awareness of Menopause in the workplace, working closely with Nicola Green and have had 3 successful presentations from Nicola for our staff. We are hoping as we move forward that Menopause will be a subject we openly discuss and support with all of our work colleagues.
For further information visit www.nicolagreenconsultancy.co.uk
Unfortunately we have decided to postpone our client drinks on the 12th and 26th January. With the rise in Covid-19 cases, we think it is important to keep yourselves and our staff safe. We will look to rearrange this in the following months and will keep you all updated.
Good news for anyone travelling to our Sturminster Newton branch via Manston (main road from Shaftesbury), the road works have now been removed and full access to the town is possible once again.
Why are calf jackets useful?
Calf jackets are an aid to help reduce the effects of cold stress on young calves. Cold stress occurs when the environmental temperature that the calf is exposed to is below their Lower Critical Temperature. This means that below this temperature a calf will be using energy for keeping warm which results in reduced growth rates and reduced energy available for immune function making them more susceptible to calfhood disease also.
A calf under 4 weeks of age has a lower critical temperature of 10°C (50°F), therefore the calves that benefit most from the use of jackets are those under 4 weeks of age.
From 4 weeks of age until weaning a calf is more resilient to cold stress and generally will not experience it unless temperatures drop below 2°C (28°F).
We can combat cold stress by reducing body heat loss in cold temperatures through use of calf jackets and/or increasing feed rate to compensate for energy loss.
Read more… Calf Jackets Flyer
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3 November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza. For more information see GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#AIPZ, GOV.SCOT: https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-outbreaks/ and GOV.WALES: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update