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If you're a dairy farmer, you'll know that drying off is an important time to get on top of your herd's mastitis control. However, making sure that you have all factors covered when you do decide to dry your cows can determine your results for the rest of the year. We've put together a helpful checklist to make sure you've got everything covered. You're welcome. Plenty of space. When drying off your cows it is imperative that they are given plenty of room to be comfortable. Good hygiene. Bedding and cleaning cows out frequently is so important for minimising the risk of infection during...

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Despite Covid restrictions, big steps have been made in the last year towards sustainable practices amongst the shooting community. The movement away from single-use plastics and lead shot ammunition in particular has gained a lot of traction. 

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Can fish egg disinfectants still be used in an increasingly regulated industry?For many years, the fish production industry has used fish egg disinfectants at the hatchery stage. The objective is to improve hatchability and profitability through the destruction of disease-causing microorganisms on the outer coating of the egg, without damaging the egg itself. All disinfectants are designed to kill microorganisms. Many are designed to kill extremely tough and resistant bacteria and viruses and are not environmentally safe. The selection of the correct disinfectant active material and formulation of products for use on fish eggs in aquaculture is therefore of great...

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This time of year is notoriously bad for rodents and we recommend farmers strengthen their defences against rodents as they prepare to make their annual migration from ditches and hedgerows to cosier accommodation among the farm buildings. Although this time of year is particularly bad, we do always recommend checking for rodent activity all year round as this can be key to keeping the risk of infestations low. We recommend checking the following areas: Rat burrows under buildings Loop smears on beams or rafters Rat holes in dirt banks, damaged doors, holes or entry points Runs on the ground between...

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Following news of several outbreak of Avian Influenza in the United Kingdom earlier this week, we are urging you to act now to protect your birds. Avian Influenza more commonly known as Bird Flu is a notifiable animal disease and occurs naturally among wild birds. Wild birds such as ducks migrating from mainland Europe during the winter period can spread the disease infecting domestic poultry, captive birds and different animal species. If you keep poultry, whether commercially on a farm, pets in your garden, or rearing game birds, you should keep a close watch on them for signs of disease, and maintain good...

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