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BCVA GUIDANCE DOCUMENT HANDLING THE ‘DOWNER’ COW & USING HIP HOISTS Produced using original material by the George Farm Veterinary Group.

Produced using original material by the George Farm Veterinary Group. IntroductionAs farm vets we will often get called out to attend a ‘down cow’, but there is a subtle difference between thepresentation of the acute down cow and of the cow suffering from what is referred to as ‘downer cowsyndrome’. Any cow that has been …

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Resolved TB IRs – Do they need a movement license?

Brace yourself for the following information overload, but it is essential knowledge especially for Hampshire herds… An inconclusive reactor (IR) is an animal with a skin test result that is neither clear (negative) nor positive. Once found, they must be isolated from the rest of the herd until they are re-tested. This is to reduce …

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Heat stress

As the climate changes in the UK its worth considering the impact of heat stress on cattle in particular dairy cattle. Heat stress occurs when the environmental temperature humidity index >70; something that currently doesn’t happen very often but potentially could become more of an issue in the next few years.    Heat stress causes a …

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