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How to prevent hypothermia and hypoglycaemia in young lambs

Starvation, hypothermia, and hypoglycaemia are amongst the highest causes of mortality in newborn lambs. Vet and veterinary pharmacologist Dr TB Barragry offers some advice.

First case of new bluetongue strain confirmed in England

Farmers are being urged to purchase livestock from responsible sources and be vigilant for signs of disease, as BTV-3 is confirmed at a farm in Kent.

Farmers set up Fiona Fund to raise money for charities

Two charities, RSABI and the Scottish SPCA have been chosen to benefit from donations after the successful rescue and rehoming rehoming of ‘Britain’s loneliest sheep’.

King’s speech: Concern over live export ban

A bill to ban live exports for slaughter and fattening has been included in the government’s programme for the new parliamentary session.

Fiona finds ‘forever home’ after being rescued by farmers

A daring rescue by five farmers has seen ‘Britain’s loneliest sheep’ moved to Dalscone Farm in Dumfries, having been stranded alone for two years on a remote shore in the Scottish Highlands.

Lambs and cattle suffering high worm burdens this season

Mild weather at the start of autumn prolonged the parasite breeding season, warned Ben Strugnell of Farm Post Mortem.

New programme aims to help farmers unlock business potential

The new Roots to Resilience programme, launched by AHDB Beef & Lamb, challenges farmers to ‘stop thinking in black and white and unlock their full potential’.

New strain of bluetongue prompts emergency meetings

Farmers urged to beware when buying animals in, especially from Europe, as there is increasing concern about the spread of BTV-3 and its proximity to the UK.

NSA calls for ‘four-nation’ approach to sheep health on back of AWC report

The National Sheep Association has emphasized the need for all four UK nations to adopt a consistent approach to sheep health following recommendations made in the Scottish Government’s recent Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) report.

Farmers urged to monitor sheep closely as worm egg counts spike

Sheep farmers are being urged to stay vigilant for worm and fluke risks in their flocks this autumn following reports of high worm egg counts nationwide.

Stock levels of vaccine improve following shortages

The National Sheep Association has welcomed news that stock levels of EAE vaccines are returning to normal.

NSA webinar to address ongoing vaccine shortages in sheep sector

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is inviting farmers to join a free webinar next month discussing the reason behind ongoing vaccine shortages in the industry, the implications for animal health and what to do if supplies become unavailable.

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