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Bimeda & Barrow Vale Sheep Health Meeting

Bimeda and Barrow Vale veterinary centre hosted a sheep flock health information meeting at Barrow Vale’s state of the art handling facilities in Bagenalstown Co Carlow last week.

Over 40 sheep farmers listened and indeed helped out with the very practical talk and display. Padraig Hyland, Bimeda’s Technical Veterinary Manager, advised on ectoparasite control and demonstrated how best to apply sheep ectoparasite products in order to get the maximal benefits for the farmer and for the welfare of the sheep.

Padraig showed how to correctly apply Bimeda’s pour on Ectofly and also gave tips on how to best use Bimeda’s two licensed sheep dips; Cyperguard and Ectoflits, this summer and autumn.

There was also considerable interest in the trace element talk . Farmers in the area had issues with deficiencies in copper, selenium, cobalt and iodine as well as excess levels of molydenum intake. All were keen to learn about the increased thrive gained from CoseIcure sheep boluses for sheep and lambs. The sustained supply of all 4 deficient elements in the boluses also prevents the absorption of molydenum from the rumen. One lamb bolus was recommended for deficient lambs over 6 weeks of age in order to give a constant supply of trace elements and also to avoid the need for continous trace element dosing throughout the grazing season.

Padraig commented “There is some confidence coming back into sheep sector so it important for farmers to get the right products and the right advice. Farmers should talk to their vet and get the correct advice to help them maximise their profitability. Gerry ahearne’s Barrow Vale practice is a top class facility and is typical of a new standard of veterinary clinics being built throughout the country to support farming communities”

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