Urge farmers to test for enzootic abortion of ewes – Ceva

Vets are being urged to encourage farming clients to test for enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE) if they have experienced an abortion rate above 2% in flocks or at at least two instances within a few days. According to data released by Ceva Animal Health from its 2021 Assure Ewe subsidized testing scheme, 48% of … Read more

Danish farmers turn their backs on mink after Covid mutation cull | Environment

Danish mink breeders have turned their backs on the industry en masse after being forced to cull their animals over fears a Covid-19 mutation could pose a risk to human health. In November 2020, Denmark, at that point the world’s largest mink producer, controversially announced it would cull approximately 15 million animals due to fears … Read more

Prepare sheep farmers for early blowfly strike – Elanco

Vets are being encouraged to ensure sheep farmers apply blowfly strike protection early in the season to prevent strike and stop the blowflies’ first breeding wave. Blowfly strike is weather dependent, with blowfly activity often seen soon after soil temperatures rise above 9 ° C. Matt Colston, ruminant technical consultant at Elanco Animal Health, said: … Read more

Vet-led workshop aims to improve farmers’ lamb performance

A training course led by vets has been launched to help farmers improve post-weaning lamb performance. Wales’ Farming Connect Animal Health and Welfare has added the additional module to its fully funded training workshops, making it the 16th such webinar to be rolled out. All content has been developed in conjunction with the National Animal … Read more

‘I just want to leave with the calf’: the US activist befriending farmers | Animal welfare

Then an era of undercover investigations, hidden videos and potential prison sentences for those involved in trespassing, US livestock farmers are not known for welcoming activists on to their land, or letting them find homes for unwanted calves. But Vermont-based activist Jason Bolalek has upended a narrative of opposing sides by befriending dairy producers in … Read more