Unpredictable weather patterns could result in a high Nematodirus risk in 2017. This is why it’s vital this year, more than ever, to keep checking the Nematodirus forecast. Bimeda Professional Services Veterinarian, Rachel Mallet, gives us some best practice advice for nematodirus control and treatment.
Bimeda were pleased to attend the recent farm walk in Kilsallaghan, Co Dublin on the topic of Early Spring Grazing for Sheep Farmers.
Faith Morris attended the event on behalf of Bimeda and it was an insightful and informative afternoon. The speakers focused on the challenges of grassland management, paddock rotation and fertilising.
Bimeda have many nutritional and health products that can assist the sheep farmer during this time of the year.
Bimeda attended the official opening of the new Arrabawn Co Op retail store at Tyone Mills , Nenagh, Co Tipperary on Friday 10th Feb 2017.
Shane Jennings of Bimeda attended on the day. Shane commented that it is a new fabulous store. It has the farmers needs and accessibility well thought of in the layout and stocking of the store. This store and yard is now well suited to the large agricultural community in the North Tipperary area and surrounds.
Arrabawn Co Op and Bimeda have a very good working relationship. They support each other to service and meet farmer requirements in the mid-West region in key areas such as mastitis and parasite control programs.
With increasing pressure to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming, blanket dry cow therapy (where all cows receive intramammary antibiotics at dry off) is increasingly coming under the spot light. In many countries, selective dry cow therapy is now being encouraged and even legislated for. Selective dry cow therapy means only cows with intramammary infections at dry off receive antibiotics. This should only be introduced on suitable farms, and upon the recommendation of your herd veterinarian.
Bimeda have produced a short booklet which you can download to get a top-line view of what selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) is, and to help you understand whether your cows might be suitable candidates for SDCT. If you feel that your farm could be suitable for SDCT, speak to your vet before making any changes to your on-farm protocol.
Where it is appropriate to do so, reducing antibiotic use is not only the ethical thing to do but can also help increase your profit margin, as your bill for intramammary antibiotics will of course decrease.
Whether a blanket dry cow therapy approach or a selective dry cow therapy approach is recommended for your farm, we recommend that all cows receive Boviseal teat sealant. Boviseal forms a physical barrier in the teat end and physically prevents any bacteria from entering the teat during the dry cow period. Ig bacteria can’t get in, they can’t cause mastitis. Impeccable hygiene and correct technique are essential when using any intramammary product. See Boviseal.ie or Bovioseal.co.uk for more advice.