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A trial has found Hoof-fit Liquid is better at reducing digital dermatitis in dairy cows than HealMax or Tetracycline. Digital dermatitis is a very painful bacterial condition suffered by dairy cows mainly in the winter.  It causes red, raw and often bleeding sores mainly on the back of cows’ feet.  You can often spot a cow with digital dermatitis because it will be lame and hobbling, in obvious pain.  Treatment with antibiotics such as CTC spray can be used but then the milk cannot enter the food chain.  Due to this financial cost of this, as well as the need...

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In November the natural food sources are getting more scarce and a pheasant hopper makes a nice easy buffet. SO how would you rate your rat protection? First of all, poisons outside in woods or game strips are a big no-no so other methods need to be deployed. A tunnel trap with a Mk4 Fenn (still a perfectly legal trap for rats) is effective if set in the right way but traps should be inspected daily.  If you invest in one of our Quill Vermin Trap Boxes hen you might want to smear it with mud and dirt to take...

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With millions of birds entering the release pens, it must feel like the buffet is open to predators - Here are some top tips I employ to minimise your losses. First thing is to check that your release pen netting is at least 2m high and fixed securely to the ground. If not, then this needs to be addressed immediately. There is a lot of cheaply made imported netting that a lot of people purchase but I truly think this is a false economy which many people unfortunately learn after the first time it fails. So I would definitely recommend...

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Pheasants will naturally try and move out of the release pens this time of year because of peer pressure and the temptation of the natural food source of insects outside the pen. From a disease and general environmental point of view, gradual migration away from the pen can be a good thing, but the trick is to contain the birds so they don’t go too far that they get lost and forget where home is! I always treat the release pens as the pheasants' hotel. They should have plenty of nice food and clean water with good cover and access....

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Many people often ask me what they can do in order to protect their birds from Avian Influenza. The first thing I recommend is to focus on where you obtain your birds. Ideally you would want to use a local reputable game farm with high biosecurity for the best start. Next, limit the number of people that come into contact with the birds to minimise the possibility of bringing in any disease on their boots. Plus it's worth checking whether any of your team keep chickens at home - another source of infection! Pen biosecurity is essential. Preferably you should...

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