News

13th August 2018
Managing slurry in exceptional weather conditions when pollution risks are high

Please see the message below from the Defra Nitrates Directive Team regarding managing slurry in exceptional weather conditions when pollution risks are high.

"We are aware of the difficult circumstances farmers around the country are facing during the ongoing dry weather.

We have published guidance to help prevent agricultural pollution in exceptional weather. The focus of this is to avoid or minimise soil damage and/or water pollution that can occur if slurry is spread in unfavourable soil and/or weather conditions. It is also important that stores do not overspill and become a point-source of water pollution.

The guidance includes a number of actions that can be taken. However, in some instances spreading to land may be the only available option. Before any spreading takes place, this needs to be discussed with the Environment Agency. If spreading to land needs to happen, and can be done without causing pollution, a flexible enforcement approach can be taken.

The guidance is available on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/preventing-agricultural-pollution-in-exceptional-weather.

Our staff at the National Customer Contact Centre are available to discuss individual situations and advise on what actions can be taken. Please call 03708 506 506 to speak to the National Customer Contact Centre. Out of hours, or in an emergency, call the incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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27th July 2018
Suspension of Veterinary Medicines containing the excipient Diethanolamine (DEA)

We have been advised by the VMD that it has suspended products for food-producing animals that contain the excipient diethanolamine (DEA).

This covers that following list of products on the Farmacy site.

Allevinix 50 mg/ml Solution for Injection for Cattle, Pigs and Horses
Cronyxin Injection, 5% w/v Solution for Injection
Finadyne 50 mg/ml Solution for Injection
Flunixin 50 mg/ml Solution for Injection for Cattle, Horses and Pigs
Meflosyl 5% Solution for Injection
Tribrissen 48% Suspension for Injection

This has been done in the light of the scientific opinion of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (the scientific advisory committee to the European Medicines Agency) that there may be a risk to humans from consuming food from animals treated with products containing DEA.

We have very limited stock of some of the products listed, so please call to check availability.

The Farmacy Team

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22nd June 2018
TBAS June Newsletter

After what could be described as a ‘difficult' spring, it is great to see cattle out in the fields and the grass seems to be growing well. On many farms, however, cattle are still fed some sort of concentrate at grass - and many suckler farmers will be supplementing their calves with creep feed. Badgers enjoy all types of cattle feed, so there is an increased likelihood of badger-cattle interaction when supplementary feeds are given at pasture. Infected badgers can excrete M. bovis in sputum, urine and faeces, as well as in discharge from an infected wound, which can then be picked up by any cattle that come into contact with it.

To read the full TBAS June Newsletter click on the image below

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5th June 2018
Changes to Farmacy Reward Points Terms and Conditions

We have reviewed our Reward Points Terms and Conditions and there has been one amendment made from 1st June 2018. The amendment that has been made is as follows.

Your points balance is now valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of your last transaction, not three (3).

To read the full updated T&Cs click here.

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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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