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21st May 2018
Early office closure Monday 21st May
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4th May 2018
Nematodirus risk increases as temperatures rise

Sheep producers are being warned to be on their guard against nematodirus disease following the sudden spike in temperatures. 

The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) nematodirus forecast map shows nearly the whole of the UK is now at moderate risk – which means eggs are within 10 days of hatching. 

Meanwhile, parts of the South, South West, north Wales and the Midlands are now at high risk from the disease.

To assess the challenge on their farms, farmers are being advised to use the SCOPS nematodirus forecast – a free and easy-to-use interactive map.

It is updated daily using data from 140 weather stations provided by the Met Office and DarkSky, and tracks changes in risk throughout the spring and early summer.

This map allows farmers and advisers to select their nearest or most representative weather station and then access advice on how to relate the predicted risk to a particular farm.

Treatment options and possible management actions are also provided, which sheep farmers should use in consultation with their vet or adviser to consider the local risk and when/if to treat lambs.

Carry out faecal egg counts (FECs)

Lesley Stubbings of SCOPS said: “The warm weather last week has also led to the other worm species ‘waking up’, with reports of relatively high counts in some lambs.”

She said this shows farmers should now start to do FECs.

Select the right product

Appropriate product choice will also be essential to protect young lambs, she added.

“While white wormers remain the product of choice to kill nematodirus worms, farmers may need to swap away from these drenches if other worm types need addressing on their farm.

“This is because resistance to white wormers is widespread in many species of worm other than nematodirus.”

Ms Stubbings advised farmers to speak to their vet or adviser for advice on product choices. “With such a challenging season to date, we are urging sheep farmers to check their nearest weather station on the website and assess the risk to their lambs.”

Once you’ve discussed your requirements with your vet, give us a call as many of our wormers are on offer until 31st May 2018.

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17th April 2018
Thank you

We'd like to thank you for your patience yesterday whilst we had issues with our phones. We are back up and running now and looking forward to speaking with you!

 

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28th February 2018
Delivery Update

2nd March 2018

We would like to apologise to those of you that were attmepting to use the site to order this morning. It was unavailable due to a power outage in the South West. we hope that this issue is totally resolved now, but we are at the mercy of the elements!

A few orders have been dispatched today, but some are taking a little longer than usual to be delivered. If you have ordered vaccines and they have been delayed, rest assured that our packaging will maintain the temperature range for 72 hours.

Sadly we had to close the office this afternoon and calls are once again being diverted to 1 line, so please bear with us if you are having trouble getting through.

We hope that you are all keeping warm and safe and apologise again for any inconvenience caused.

1st March 2018

Due to the current extreme weather conditions, we are unable to dispatch any more orders this week. If conditions improve next week, we will have a backlog of orders to get out but will do our best to ensure that we get any outstanding orders dispatched as soon as we possibly can.

We have a small team in the office currently, but they will only be available until 2pm. We are working on having the phone lines transferred after 2pm, but if we are able to do this, there will only in effect be one line available, so please bear with us.

 We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are urgent for any medicines, we would suggest that you contact your vet practice to see if they are able to help you out.

 

Please check the site for further updates and please accept our apologies for this unavoidable situation.

 

28th February 2018

Due to the current weather situation, any orders that have been placed today (28th February) cannot be dispatched tomorrow as our wholesaler is unable to deliver stock to us. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are urgent for any medicines, we would suggest that you contact your vet practice to see if they are able to help you out.

Please check the site for further updates and accept our apologies.

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22nd November 2017
DIY AI Courses

50% funding available for suckler producers

AHDB Beef & Lamb is offering 50% funding, across England, for suckler producers with 30 or more breeding females to complete a DIY AI course.

Why use artificial insemination (AI)?

  • Imrpove the genetics of your herd
  • Use bulls with proven performance
  • Tailor the breeding of your herd by selecting for maternal or terminal traits
  • Speed up genetic progress of your breeding females with sexed semen
  • Reduce the need ro keep as many bulls on farm

Here's what suckler producers who have already attended an AHDB funded course have to say:

"A good course. Worth attending for the practical and physiological instruction. The cost is just a fraction of a suckler calf."

"Do it! The course is not hard but the rewards are huge!"

"If AI fits with your system and genetic gain is important to you, it's well worth it."

"The course has given me control over when I serve my cows"

"By using different genetics with selected cows, it should enable us to improve our herd's genetic makeup"

Westpoint Farm Vets and XL Vets Training Services will be delivering the courses at locations around the country.

For more information on training providers and eligibility criteria, visit beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/returns

 

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