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It’s not Fluke it’s Worms

Diagnoses that we make in the post mortem room can sometimes give us a skewed picture of livestock health locally and are often assumed to be the tip of the iceberg. A run of similar cases might therefore suggest quite a big iceberg!…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 10/11/2022
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Acorn Toxicity

Oak trees are reported to have produced many more acorns this year compared to 2021. These can be attractive to livestock after a period of feed restriction or following stormy weather when large numbers are blown from the trees.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 10/11/2022
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Spotlight on Connie Rafferty, post mortem support officer with SRUC Veterinary Services

Connie is a Biosciences graduate who joined the Veterinary Services team as a post mortem support officer in June 2021, at the St Boswells Disease Surveillance Centre.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 22/09/2022
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Toxovax shortage

We are aware that practices have been notified of a shortage of Toxovax, which may remain unavailable until after the pre-tupping window for most farmers. In the absence of alternative vaccines, farmers may be concerned about the impact of not vaccinating on their flock productivity.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 20/09/2022
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Investigation of thin ewes that fail to gain weight post weaning

Ewes that fail to gain weight for no obvious reason may have an underlying disease issue and can be useful sentinels for the presence (or absence) of iceberg diseases in a flock.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 31/08/2022
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Haemonchus diagnosed in Aberdeenshire – free testing available

Haemonchus has been diagnosed as a cause of mortality in a group of lambs in Aberdeenshire.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 12/08/2022
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Grouse worm count monitoring

SRUC Veterinary Services receives numerous samples at this time of year and have been busy recently at the lab with grouse worm count monitoring. Many of the samples we receive are from grouse moors in the north of Scotland, but as the shooting season approaches this information may be useful to both vets and game keepers across the country.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 05/08/2022
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Lungworm update 2022

Early diagnoses of lungworm so far this year suggests that there may be significant challenge this summer and autumn.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 29/07/2022
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Feeling hot, hot, hot?

We are all feeling the heat at the moment, and according to forecasts it is going to get hotter. Here is a reminder of some livestock health risks to consider during hot weather.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 18/07/2022
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Coccidiosis in cattle 2022

Diagnoses of coccidiosis in this year’s calves remains common this year and the risk remains high.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 08/07/2022
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The impact of type 2 Ostertagiasis

Our Dumfries Disease Surveillance Centre has had a number of submissions, case reports and post mortems recently regarding scour in groups of older cattle that grazed last year. In these cases we have either suspected or confirmed type 2 Ostertagiasis.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 17/06/2022
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Type 2 ostertagiasis – Is there an impact and are we missing it?

We have had a few submissions, case reports and post-mortem examinations recently regarding scour in groups of older cattle that grazed last year.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 06/06/2022
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