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    Moving Veterinary from a Service Function to a Development Function

    I was struck by a moment of clarity on reading the finding made by the consulting firm McKinsey and Company (2013) that there is a “40% better marginal return from investment in human rather than knowledge capital”.

    As a training provider to the veterinary and farming sectors; XLVets Skillnet holds many training events, equipping our vets with the latest clinical knowledge and ensuring that farmers are aware of how various herd health risks should be managed.

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    Kevin Meaney of Southview Veterinary asks if your parasite control programme is working?

    Effective parasite control is an especially vital part of rearing dairy heifer calves. They need to be achieving a Daily LiveWeight Gain (DLWG) of at least 0.7kg/day to hit their liveweight targets for breeding next year.

    Where calves, 6-8 weeks after turnout have an adequate supply of good quality grass, the most likely cause of poor weight gain is parasites.

    There are a variety of different approaches to worm control, including new innovative very long-acting wormers, which save a lot of labour.

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    Edwin Murphy of Adare Veterinary Clinic on managing scouring grass calves

    The wet and cold weather during May and early June has made a big contribution to the number of scouring grass calves. 

    The combination of low dry matter in the grass due to the rain, and the chill factor of the wind often leave calves in a poor state, with many scouring and empty. Their energy intake begins to suffer, often leading to chills and pneumonias. It often only takes a few days for a fine bunch of calves to become very ragged looking with often 10 to 20% of them needing veterinary treatment.  

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    Conor Geraghty asks if effective parasite control in sheep is out of reach?

    49% Failure Rate in Sheep Dosing – Is Effective Parasite Control in Sheep out of Reach?

    Parasites remain the number one cause of mortality in sheep in Ireland.

    The faecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) is used as a method to evaluate the effectiveness of a worming programme. If the wormer is effective then we see a reduction of faecal egg counts of >95% post dosing. As an option in the Sheep Technology Adoption Programme (STAP), almost 2000 farmers completed a FECRT in 2013. Alarmingly the worming failure rate was 49%.

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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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    Kevin Meaney of Southview Vets explains 10 things you can do NOW to improve your herd's fertility..

    Here are ten best practice tips to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible!

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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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