May 2015

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    Kieran O'Mahony's picture

    Kieran O'Mahony of Glen Vets reflects on the implications of a very busy spring on farms...

    I was scanning cows for a farmer today, and she commented on what a busy time of the year it is.

    No sooner is the calving season winding down, than the breeding season gets into full swing, and every effort is being made to reach the magic targets for submission rate, 6 week calving rate, etc.

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    Padraig Duggan of Killenaule Vets on everything you need to know about warts in bovines...

    “Why should heifers on an “outfarm” be more prone to warts than those raised at home?” 

    This was the question posed by a farmer last week.

    Warts, or Bovine Viral Papillomatosis, is an infectious disease of the skin in mainly young cattle which occurs worldwide and is caused by one of 5 – 6 strains of Bovine Papilloma Virus.  It is also much more common in dairy cattle than in beef cattle.

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    Mary Widger of Glen Vets on why lameness and fertility are equally important to dairy herd performance..

    The highest incidence of lameness is seen in high-production, intensively managed dairy cattle.

    It is probably of equal importance to reproductive inefficiency, to which it is now known to be closely related. Regardless of cause, early detection and prompt treatment minimizes losses, improves outcome, and reduces animal suffering. Lameness directly leads to lower milk yields, reduced reproductive performance, higher involuntary culling rates, discarded milk and additional management factors.

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    Eoin Daly of Mulcair Vets on grass tetany risks. Prevent a true veterinary emergency!

    Last Friday evening I was called to a cow down in a field. As we know the weather has been changeable with considerable rainfall resulting in reasonable grass growth.

    The cow was calved three days so I suspected milk fever, grass tetany or a combination of both. The cow was in considerable distress, lying on her side, bloated, paddling and grinding her teeth. She was an eleven year dairy cow intended for culling but was rearing two calves.

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    Kevin O'Sullivan of Glasslyn Veterinary on the critical factors for a successful breeding season

    The breeding season is now well underway with most dairy herds using AI for the first six weeks before leaving out the bull to mop up the remainder of the cows. It is a busy time on farms but it is vital to put the effort in now if next seasons calving pattern is to be compact.