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28th November 2018
Suspension of Veterinary Medicines containing the excipient Diethanolamine (DEA) - update

Update 28/11/2018

Please note that these the products listed below are no longer licensed for use in food producing animals. You will need to discuss alternatives with your own vet.

  • 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.

The Farmacy Team

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28th September 2018
RABI Christmas cards, calendars & notelets

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? R.A.B.I are already taking orders for their Christmas card, notelets & calendars, so as well as sending some Christmas cheer to friends and family, you'll be raising money for a good cause.

Selling Christmas cards helps R.A.B.I raise thousands of pounds each year and, at the same time, let people know a bit about their work. Some people contact them for help just because someone has sent them a R.A.B.I card. A pack of 10 cards is just £4.50.

Their annual ‘Farming in Focus' calendar, which is supported by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, also helps to raise awareness of their work as well as funds. All proceeds go directly to helping people in financial need.

The 2019 calendar is available in two formats - a wall calendar which costs £7.50 and a desk calendar costing £4.

To find out how to order click here to visit the R.A.B.I. website.

 

 

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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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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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