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June cases

Another month has ended and we still seem to be having a very Scottish summer. The balance of submissions and diagnoses has taken its usual seasonal shift away from abortion and towards parasitic disease. Nematodirosis and Coccidiosis were diagnosed across all the hubs and central laboratory in June.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 19/07/2024
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Look out for lead

May to August are the peak months for seeing lead poisoning cases with 74% of our diagnoses made during the summer months after turn out, with younger animals more susceptible.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 30/05/2024
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BSE Disease confirmed in Ayrshire

A case of classical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Ayrshire.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 10/05/2024
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First grazing dairy heifers, watch out for post turn out scours

If turn out transition to grass works well and parasite challenge is well managed then scour and growth rate checks should not occur, but when they do, make sure that you investigate.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 01/05/2024
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March case highlights

March showed the usual seasonal increase in submissions to both the central laboratory in Edinburgh and to the PM room at Thurso. As lambing and calving continues at pace there are understandably queries about Schmallenberg virus (SBV) presentations, sampling and incidence.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 25/04/2024
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Parasite risks this spring

The weather conditions this spring could increase the risk of coccidiosis with some very high oocyst counts already recorded in earlier born lambs and suckled calves.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 19/04/2024
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Keep a watch out for Salmonella Dublin in beef suckler herds

Although only ten per cent of our diagnoses of Salmonella Dublin come from beef herds, on farms which experience an outbreak, it can have a significant impact on health and mortality rates during a calving season.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 17/04/2024
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Managing nutrition for cows after turn out

Spring is proving challenging for spring calving and lambing so far with the long-range weather forecast looking tricky. Keeping cows and calves at foot inside for longer periods brings challenges with hygiene and disease build up which will need to be very carefully managed.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 15/04/2024
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Abortion sampling

You may find it useful to review our sampling guides for ovine and bovine abortions this calving and lambing season.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 12/04/2024
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December case highlights

Bacterial pneumonia dominated the December cattle diagnoses, although two high morbidity pneumonia outbreaks associated with IBR were also investigated.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 29/02/2024
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December liver fluke update

We last sent out our liver fluke forecast and thoughts in November, so thought that now would be a good time to update things given that we are approaching or already in a handling window for ewes in mid pregnancy.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 21/12/2023
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Rearing wagyu cross dairy calves (meeting)

There has been a recent increase in the number of traditional beef suckler units that have started rearing Wagyu cross dairy calves as an addition to their current business. With this, a largely unfamiliar set of challenges regarding the management of these animals arise.…

  • SRUC Veterinary Services
  • 21/12/2023
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