News & Opinion 2018-03-27T14:20:19+00:00

News & Opinion

Look out for your lambs!

Although it may not feel like it, Spring is just around the corner and with it, the risk of Coccidiosis and Nematodirus battus hitting your lambs. Amy Glanvill talks us through the symptoms and preventative measures. Coccidiosis is caused by the protozoan Eimeria spp. and can affect lambs at both housing and pasture especially in intensive farming systems, although any stress such as weaning, mixed age groups and adverse weather can also increase incidence. Eimeria initially enters the environment from the ewe but due to its short life cycle in the lamb, quickly increases in number. Coccidiosis affects lambs at [...]

Reducing Lamb Deaths

At this stage some people will have all but finished lambing, some will be part or most of the way through and others will only be getting prepared. Whatever your stage in the lambing season, preventing new born lamb losses is a key focus area for each and every system with current figures suggesting lamb deaths between birth and three days old ranging from 10-25%. Various infectious diseases and management issues affect young lambs of this age. In this article Matt Hylands aims to describe the issues we most commonly see and the reasons behind them as well as explain [...]

Infectious Diseases Unwrapped – Leptospirosis

Rob Hall continues his look into infectious diseases with Leptospirosis up this month... Lepto is one of the most common causes of reduced fertility and pregnancy loss in cattle. It can also cause milk drop and increased cell counts. The disease is spread mainly through urine of infected animals but also through uterine discharge, aborted material and semen from infected bulls. The infectious organism is then absorbed from these fluids via the mucus membranes, for example the eyes, mouth, nose or reproductive tract. Once the leptospirosis organism is in the cow’s system it travels via the blood to the target [...]

LLM Wins British Dairying Cream Award

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have won the British Dairying Cream Award for 2018. This award is given to the company or farming business that demonstrates an exemplary contribution to the success of the dairy industry and is chosen from all nominations across the Cream Awards. According to British Dairying, the judges were unanimous in their decision to give the overall winner award to LLM and were amazed by our application. They were impressed with the wide range of services available to all our clients, in particular the reports, analysis and planning detail that goes in to [...]

Botulism in sheep

Botulism has gained more notoriety in the press over the last few years, especially in areas where herds of cattle have suffered big losses and get into the local news. We see it less commonly in sheep but they are at serious risk from exactly the same disease. A recent case in the practice highlighted the need to be vigilant in all species. Botulism presents in sheep initially with the animal walking slightly abnormally and may display odd head or ear carriage somewhat reminiscent of listeria. She may look slightly lame or she may be staggering slightly like she’s had [...]

Want to save your flock’s feet and your hands?

Reducing Lameness in Sheep Foot lameness in sheep is one of the biggest problems in many flocks and is a big morale sapper for anyone looking after sheep. Footrot is a major cause of lameness in sheep flocks today and although vets have been adjusting their advice and recommendations about how best to tackle it, some new work has been published to cement some of these changing ideas. Recent research has shown that one of the traditionally advised mainstays of footrot treatment – foot trimming – is actually not all that its cracked up to be… This might be news [...]