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22nd October 2020
New Farmacy store coming soon

Keep your eyes pealed for the new look Farmacy site next week, with lots of new functionality to make shopping our site even easier and a whole section of Farm Supplies products.

Updates include:

  • Prescription upload
  • Reward points statement
  • Add multiple contacts to your account
  • Link accounts
  • Register as a company 
  • Price listed including and excluding VAT
  • New payment gatweway to make paying simpler and more convenient
  • Updated questionnaire for POM-VPS products 
  • Newsletter sign up allows you to pick exactly what you want to see in your inbox

Plus other new exciting updates over the next few weeks . . . so watch this space.

 

 

 

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28th September 2020
AHDB's TB Free Fortnight starts today!

Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the biggest disease issues facing the cattle industry today costing UK farmers in total between £25-£61m. The BVDFree England Scheme is the national, voluntary, industry-led scheme, launched on 1 July 2016 with the aim of eliminating BVD from all cattle in England by 2022.

The scheme is built around a national database which is searchable for results of individual animals and herds testing for BVD under the scheme.

By entering a UK tag number, an individual animal's BVD status can be found or you can search the database for a herd's BVD status using the CPH number.

This provides farmers with recognition, confidence and traceability when buying and selling BVDFree cattle.

The majority of BVD infections occur after birth. Signs of BVD aren't always obvious and the costs can be hidden:

  • Reproductive losses - early embryonic death, returns to service, abortions
  • Secondary disease - immune suppression increases the chances of pneumonia and scour in calves, lameness and mastitis in adults
  • Poor production - lower milk yield, poor growth rates, increased cull rates
  • Deaths - commonly through secondary infection


Persistently Infected animals (PIs)
If cows and heifers become infected within the first 120 days of gestation, the unborn calf may become persistently infected or PI. A calf will only become PI if its mother is infected during pregnancy; it cannot become PI after birth. 

PIs will shed high quantities of BVD virus into their environment for life. They are the most significant source of infection to other cattle.

Within infected herds, PIs often only account for 1 or 2 out of every 100 animals. It is contact with these PI animals that leads to infection of other animals within your herd, causing the signs listed above.

How does BVD spread?

BVD virus is commonly spread

  • from infected dams to their unborn calf
  • through the semen of infected bulls
  • from nose to nose contact with infected carriers.

Vaccinating can help control the disease - but will not eradicate the disease in infected stock - so you might be vaccinating and still have BVD on your farm. 

Many UK herds have already been exposed to the virus, but there are many at constant risk of re-introduction of the disease due to:

  • unknowingly buying in PI animals
  • infection from neighbouring farms
  • contact with infected animals at markets and shows

How can I tell if I have PI animals?

Sometimes PIs have stunted growth and rough coats, although more frequently they will appear completely normal.

Antibody tests can be used to tell you whether your herd has been exposed to BVD. Identification of individual PI animals can be done through testing blood or tissue samples.

All PI animals, once identified, must be removed from the herd. This is essential to achieve a successful BVD eradication scheme.

Talk to your vet to develop an effective screening programme to establish the BVD status of your herd.

If your vet advises a programme of vaccination call us to find out the best price BVD vaccines. Click here to see the full range of BVD vaccines available.

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7th September 2020
Seasonal Vaccine Deals

Where did the year go again! 

Our Multi-Buy deals on Sheep meds are due to end on 30th Spetmember, and our Cattle Vaccine Housing deals have just begun.

You know the drill by now, but just to remind you there are savings to be made no matter how great or small you flock or herd.

Cattle Housing Vaccines (Offers end 31st October)

BVD vaccines from £2.45/dose, or less for large herds

IBR vaccines from £2.28/dose, or less for large herds

Pneumonia vaccines from £4.67/dose, or less for large herds

Bovivac S Was £5.44/ dose Now £5.14/dose, or less for large herds

Leptavoid H Was £1.92/dose Now £1.88/dose, or less for large herds

 

Sheep Vaccine & Synch products (offers end 30th September)

Cevac Chlamydia Was £3.06/dose Now £2.55/dose, or less for large flocks

Chronogest Sponges Was £2.31/songe Now £1.96/sponge, or less for large flocks

CIDR Ovis Was £4.13/device Now £3.55/device, or less for large flocks

Enzovax Was £2.63/dose Now £2.30/dose, or less for large flocks

PMSG Was £25.89 per bottle Now £23.00/bottle, or less for large flocks

Toxovax Was £5.30/dose, Now £4.98/dose, or less for large flocks

To find out the best price on these and many other vaccines CALL US TODAY on 01306 628 215

 

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11th August 2020
Toxovax Orders

It's Enzovax and Toxovax season again, and we wanted to give everyone a gentle reminder of the factors to bear in mind when ordering Toxovax from Farmacy.

Unlike other vaccines, Toxovax is produced to order by the manufacturer (MSD) and there is a set capacity each week for the number of doses that can be manufactured for the whole of the UK. It is also only manufactured on certain days, and has a short expiry, so you really do need to plan ahead for this vaccine more than any other one you may use.

Whilst the data sheet advises you use this vaccine ‘at least 3 weeks prior to mating', we would advise you speak to your vet about how early you are able to vaccinate your specific flock, as if you leave it to the last minute, you will be buying when demand is at its highest and therefore there may be a delay in processing the order if MSD's production capacity is reached.

When you place your order with Farmacy, our ordering process is slightly different than other veterinary medicines.

  • We cannot place the order with MSD until we have received both payment and prescription. Please make sure that you have payment details ready if you place your order by phone.
  • We need exact quantities you require as we cannot reduce the quantity once the order is placed with MSD, so you could be paying for doses that you don't need. 
  • If you need to add additional quantities later, we are unlikely to be able to deliver the extra quantity at the same time as your original order.
  • If you are ordering other veterinary medicines at the same time as your Toxovax, we will hold the entire order until the Toxovax is available. This means that if you are ordering items that that you need straight away, you need to place separate orders.

 

 

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7th August 2020
URGENT: Refrigerated Delivery Update

Updated 30/09/2020

We are back to our normal dispatch patterns for vaccines now, however please note that due to the massive volumes of home deliveries that courier services are still experiencing, there may still be short delays to our normal service. If you are concerned that your delivery has not been delivered as expected, please cal the office on 01306 628215 and will will investigate for you.

Updated 07/08/2020

We are still experiencing some delays to deliveries, so we will continue with the delivery schedule below to ensure that any orders with temperature sensitive products arrive with you in excellent condition.

Due to the opening up of lockdown restrictions, we have been informed that our courier service cannot currently guarantee next day delivery from the point of collection due to the increased volume of consignments along with following social distancing guidelines for staff. This is the same for all couriers presently, causing unfortunate delays. With this in mind we need to make a few changes to the way we dispatch orders.

With immediate effect (30th June 2020) for at least 1 month, we will only be dispatching refrigerated orders (orders containing vaccines or other temperature sensitive items) Monday to Wednesday. Please can you bear this in mind when ordering and build in some extra time to ensure that you receive your medicines when required.

We will also be packaging your orders with extra cooling and packaging to ensure that your orders arrive in excellent condition. This may mean you having multiple vaccine boxes rather than it all arriving in one box, but our delivery charges remain unchanged.

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. For a refrigerated product to be dispatched on/by Wednesday, we need to receive the order, prescription and payment no later than 4pm on a Tuesday for dispatch the following day.
  2. If you do not use our prescription request service, please can you make sure that the prescription from your vet includes withdrawal periods, (even if they are zero), and that they email a copy to office@farmacy.co.uk by the time stated above. Incorrect prescriptions may hold up the dispatch of your order.
  3. Any orders received after 4pm on a Tuesday that contain refrigerated items will not be dispatch until the following Monday, since we do not hold any stock.
  4. We will continue to dispatch orders without refrigerated items Monday - Friday, but delivery may take longer than usual.

We understand that this is not ideal, but feel this new dispatch schedule will ensure that Farmacy continue to provide the high level of service that you have come to expect from us.

Please contact us if you have any questions or queries.

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24th July 2020
2020 Blowfly Alert

According to NADIS the UK is now at High or Severe risk of fly strike.

Last update 15th July: A large and growing blowfly population and warm wet summer weather create the perfect recipe for high fly risk, particularly for lambs. Early in the year most strikes occur around the back end of sheep - but as the season progresses the risk of body strike grows - so care is needed to look out for the early signs and treat it quickly.

In the UK, strike is caused primarily by the green bottle fly, Lucilia, which seeks decomposing matter to lay her eggs. Carcasses, dirty backends, foot rot lesions and open wounds are all good candidates for egg laying sites.Blowfly strike has a serious impact on the welfare of sheep within the UK, as well as having a major impact on productivity. Figures from 2015 suggests blowfly strike costs the sheep industry £2.2 million per year.

Losses are incurred from:

Welfare

  • Loss in productivity (weight loss and decreased milk yield)
  • Fleece damage
  • Deaths
  • Treatment costs; including product, labour and time

Flocks should be carefully checked at least once a day throughout the blowfly season to look for any signs of blowfly strike. It is often necessary to handle animals and part the fleece to fully appreciate the extent of disease.

Early signs of strike

  • Irritation
  • Nibbling at tail head
  • Increased swishing of tails
  • Rubbing
  • Further signs of discomfort in lame animals

Signs of Severe Strike

  • Discoloured/damp fleece
  • Fleece loss
  • Separation from flock
  • Sick animals
  • Death (due septicaemia from secondary bacterial infection and release of toxins)


To prevent Blowfly strike, the following steps are recommended:

Discuss with your vet or SQP the most appropriate product, based on labour resources, age of your lambs during the risk period, withdrawal periods and anticipated slaughter dates

  • Reduce dirty backends - Dagging, crutching and timely shearing are all important.
  • Tail docking lambs is a debated but accepted procedure to reduce strike in lowland flocks.
  • Control worm burdens. Discuss with your vet an appropriate faecal egg counting and parasite control plan.
  • Treat lame sheep promptly. Flies are attracted to wounds caused by footrot.
  • Manage the fly population: Reducing the fly population early in the year has the greatest impact on the fly challenge during the grazing season

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9th July 2020
HUSKVAC UPDATE

Although it only feels like 5 minutes ago that the Huskvac season began, we've been advised that the last batch of Huskvac for this season will have an expiry a date of 18th August 2020. 

If you are ordering for primary vaccination, two doses at a dosage interval of approximately 4 weeks, then you should place your order no later than 20th July. If you have appropriate fridge space, then you should order your first and 2nd dose together.

If you only require a single dose for re-vaccination, then please place your order no later than 10th August 2020.

Please also bear in mind that we are currently dispatching vaccines Monday to Wednesday only, so the sooner you order the better.

Don't forget we also have Multi-Buy discounts available, so please call the office on 01306 628215 for best prices.

 

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6th May 2020
Product Availability Update

We wanted to make everyone aware that the following products are now back in stock.

Betamox 150mg/ml 

Betamox LA 150mg/ml

Adrenacaine

We have also been advised that Orbenin LA will hopefully be available again within the next 2 weeks.

Watch this space for more news on product availability.

 

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1st May 2020
Delivery Update for May

We have some great news regarding our medicine deliveries. From Monday 4th May our wholesaler will be delivering to us daily. I can tell you that there was great excitement in the office when we received this news.

Why is this news? It means that are delivery lead-time will revert to our standard 2 working days from receipt of an order. (This lead-time is dependent on receiving a correctly completed prescription from your vet. If this is delayed, your delivery will take longer.)

The team at Dawes Farm have been absolute stars getting orders out over the period when we were only receiving deliveries every other working day, which sometimes meant only 2 deliveries a week.

I also have to say that all of our Farmacy customers have been incredibly understanding and patient during this difficult time – we thank you!

So, apart from the products that are out of stock due to manufacturing issues, we are back to normal for now.

We do want to remind you that we still have the 2 May bank holidays that will be upon us soon.

The office will be closed on Friday 8th May and Monday 25th May, so please bear that in mind when ordering.

You can continue to order online, but orders received on those days will not be processed until we return to the office the following day.

If you need something urgently whilst we are closed, please speak to your vet practice who should be able to help you.

 

 

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24th April 2020
Product update: Bovi-bond Glue

Bovi-bond glue is now available in a bigger size (210cc) at a lower price of £22.35. The mixing tips are sold in packs of 10 separately, at 89p per pack, which is still cheaper than the old pack that included the mixing tips – winner!

That’s the good news.

Unfortunately, the different size requires a new applicator gun, but that is also much cheaper than the old gun at £38.00.

For those of you who already own the Bovi-bond glue gun we have added a product that does fit that applicator, and is used by the Westpoint foot trimmers – Cowsfeet Trimmers Choice adhesive.

So, the choice is yours:

Update your kit to continue to use Bovi-bond glue

Stick with your old Bovi-bond applicator and change to Cowsfeet Trimmers Choice adhesive

SHOP NOW

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