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Newsletter October 2018

Firstly congratulations to Sarah and Mark who are getting married on Saturday 6th October, we wish them all the best for the future. We will therefore be CLOSED on Saturday morning, however we have locum cover for the weekend so please phone the usual number in an emergency.

There are many reasons for sheep becoming itchy, however sheep scab (caused by the psoroptes ovis parasite) is a notifiable disease. Suspicion of a notifiable disease must be reported to ourselves and animal health and from there samples are taken from the sheep and examined under the microscope to detect the parasite.  There is also a blood test available. The treatment of this little blighter can be complex due to; its ability to survive off host for over 2 weeks, its ability to spread quickly between flocks and treatment timing. Treatment must be coordinated within the flock and with neighbouring farms who also have confirmed outbreaks. It really does require good cooperation and coordinated treatments between farmers otherwise treatment may be a waste of time as re infection is very possible. Many treatment options are available and we can advise accordingly. Recently there has been some resistance to doramectin – ‘Dectomax’ the treatment that has a one off injection. It is commonly a misconception that all sheep are put under movement restrictions – however this is NOT the case! Lambs can go STRAIGHT TO SLAUGHTER aslong as animal health has been contacted and the slaughter house will also report back to AH. Obviously hauliers will need to be informed for stricter biosecurity measures to be in place with regards to disinfection.

A lungworm update – due to the warmer wetter weather over the last few weeks it has been predicted that there may be a spike in lungworm. This may cause further problems at housing as lung tissue will have been damaged, making it more susceptible to bacterial infection and pneumonia. All wormers cover for lungworm, however younger grazing animals will be most at risk.

Beef Benchmarking Group – any figures for this year or coming year, ie. Calvings numbers from last year / cattle put to the bull/PD results would be much appreciated. If you require spare sheets then please ask. I would like to plan the first meeting in November so will be in touch to organise a suitable date.  There will be approx. 6-8 people per group to allow good discussion! Any questions then please speak to Olivia.

Previous Newsletters

October 2018
Sheep scab
Lungworm Update
Beef Benchmarking Group

August 2018
Checking tups
Toxovax and Enzovax vaccinations
Vaccinating for the respiratory viruses

June 2018
The threat at this time of year of maggots
Pasteurella pneumonias affecting growing lambs
Ram semen testing
Vaccinating for BVD

May 2018
Nematodirus – an intestinal worm affecting young lambs
Coccidiosis affects lambs and calves from 3 weeks to 3 months

April 2018
You’ve picked the one, bring him home but.... is he upto the job?

March 2018
Increasing neonatal survival in sheep
Update about BVD

Feb 2018
Causes of abortion in sheep
Vaccinating for some of the main causes of scour

Oct 2017

Bull Semen Testing
Pneumonia: the causes

Sept 2017
Improve your efficiency - Scan your cows!
Sheep Scab

August 2017
The BVD eradication scheme

April 2017
Neospora abortion in cattle.

March 2017
Pre-lambing nutrition:
Vaginal prolapse in ewes

Avian Influenza

January 2017
Bird Flu
Calf Scour

December 2016
Sudden deaths in lambs
Worms: Trichostrongylosis


Clostridial diseases and pasteurella pneumonia
Pneumonia in cattle

November 2016
Clostridial Considerations

September 2016
Abortion in sheep, its vaccination time!
Cattle Pneumonia

August 2016
Rumen bloat in cattle:
Frothy Bloat:

July 2016
Parasitic Gastroenteritis (Gut worms in sheep)
Joint ill: calves and lambs. 

June 2016
BVD sheep abortion and microchip reminder

April 2016
Congenital abnormalities in calves and lambs

March 2016
Calf Scour

February 2016
Lambing Special

January 2016
Pneumonia: the causes:

December 2015
A bit on cattle lameness: The common foot problems

November 2015


October 2015
Pneumonia, and cattle shed design.

September 2015

Lungworm in cattle

August 2015
Sheep Farmers: wormer resistance

Bull Management in suckler herds

July 2015
Sheep diseases

Jaasiekte; OPA (Ovine, pulmonary adenocarcinoma)
CLA; Caseous Lymphadenitis

June 2015
the changing regulations for disease testing and control

May 2015
Joint –ill a reminder
Disbudding, dehorning and castrating


Strathbogie Veterinary Centre, 39,Gordon Street Huntly Aberdeenshire AB548EQ Tel: 01466792627 Fax: 01466 794962.