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Flies are notorious for causing a nuisance to cattle but are you aware they can be responsible for more serious issues, such as the transmission of disease between animals?In the UK there are at least 20 species of fly which feed on cattle. Different species of flies feed on different secretions or tissues. Some pierce the skin and feed on blood; while others feed on secretions such as sweat, skin secretions, saliva, or tears. Some flies even feed on excretions such as urine or faeces.There are two ways in which flies cause harm to cattle:NuisanceAnimals which are exposed to a…

Trace Elements and Growing Lambs

Thursday, 06 July 2017 14:40
There is a great deal of pressure when trying to finish lambs for sale and there are numerous factors which can result in delays. Trace element status of growing lambs is an aspect which should not be overlooked as deficiencies and toxicities will lead to reduced productivity.Did you know that an adequate supply of cobalt is critical for lamb growth? After cobalt is consumed by the lamb, it reaches the rumen where bacteria utilise the cobalt to produce Vitamin B12. This Vitamin B12 is integral to glucose synthesis and thus impacts on how the lamb utilises its food (as such…

Bimeda Appoints New EU Commercial Director

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:35
Bimeda is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Alsemgeest to the role of EU Commercial Director. Based in the Netherlands, Peter will be responsible for the implementation of Bimeda’s EU commercial strategy, with a particular focus on driving sustainable expansion throughout the European region. Currently, within Europe, Bimeda has a physical presence in Ireland, the UK and France, with manufacturing and commercial operations in each country. This is complemented by a robust export business throughout the rest of Europe. The company’s focus now turns to continuing to grow its physical mainland European base and Peter’s appointment will be accompanied…
On Sunday 21st May, Bimeda Ireland was pleased to sponsor all the sheep classes at the 2017 Connacht Sheep Shearing Festival. There was a wide range of classes and included breeds such as Charollais, Blackface Mountain and Suffolk. Bimeda also had the pleasure of sponsoring the 35 year Belclare Sheep Homecoming Show. Bimeda Representatives Andrew Glynn and Shane Jennings attended on the day. Both commented on how well organised the show was and how pleased Bimeda were to be supporting this event. The Queen of the Wool, Eliesa Connelly, was also in attendance and was delighted that Bimeda was involved…
The CoseIcure soluble glass boluses supply the same levels of ionic Copper, Cobalt, Selenium and Iodine every single day for up to six months. These trace elements can play a vital role in fertility and health. Also in the range is the Cosecure Cattle bolus, which is the only registered LM bolus in Ireland, and which provides Copper, Cobalt and Selenium. The CoseIcure and Cosecure range is enjoying rapid growth in Ireland. It is being increasingly specified by beef and dairy farmers, as well as vets, who are looking for a high quality bolus that provides a solid return on…
Bimeda were pleased to attend the launch of the Connacht Sheep Shearing Festival. This event is taking place on the 21st May this year in Corofin, Co. Galway. Bimeda are delighted to be sponsoring the sheep show section of this event. The section includes classes for breeds such as Charolais, Blackface Mountain and Suffolk. Shane Jennings of Bimeda attended on the day and commented how pleased Bimeda are to be supporting this event. It is very important day for the local community as well as the whole Galway region and should be great fun!
  Malcom and Andrew McLean operate Relough Holsteins – a top pedigree herd in Northern Ireland. They have 290 cows in their award-winning herd with a milk yield of 10,000. Annually, they sell their prize-winning bulls and heifers.

CoseIcure Boluses and the Pedigree Flock

Monday, 20 March 2017 14:08
Multiple complex factors can contribute to the health and fertility of sheep and one of these factors can be the animal’s trace element levels. Too much of certain trace elements can prove toxic, while too little can lead to issues such as impaired reproductive health, poor growth rates and poor general health. The latter was a problem for Mr Gordon Crawford; a farmer from Ballymena, County Antrim. Along with his sons, Ben and Jack, Mr Crawford breeds pedigree Scottish Lanark Blackface sheep. Their flock consists of 95 ewes plus replacements. As a pedigree flock, about 30 sheep are artificially inseminated…
At this time of year it’s usual for farmers to start thinking about the measures they have in place to support the ongoing health and productivity of animals, and an assessment of your herds’ nutritional status is an important activity to undertake. Where a need for trace element supplementation is identified by your veterinarian, animal health advisor or nutritionist, they will be able to recommend the best course of action for your farm’s needs. In the case of farmer Frankie Owens, a farmer from Brackey, Sixmilecross in County Tyrone, his veterinarian advised that he use CoseIcure Cattle boluses and he…
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