Animal disease

What could have caused an abortion in a cow or heifer?

What could have caused an abortion in a cow or heifer?

Nearly every dairy and beef farmer will have experienced a cow or heifer aborting or ‘throwing a calf’ at some...

December 20, 2020

Greenway developments pose ‘increased threat to health of farm animals’ – IFA

Greenway developments pose ‘increased threat to health of farm animals’ – IFA

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has raised concerns over the “increased threat to the health of farm animals” that can...

August 25, 2020

Animal disease: ‘We tend to forget that health is the default for every species’

Animal disease: ‘We tend to forget that health is the default for every species’

A University College Dublin (UCD) professor has said that people tend to “forget that the default position is one of...

July 29, 2020

What could be the reason for a cow ‘throwing her calf’?

What could be the reason for a cow ‘throwing her calf’?

Almost all dairy and beef farmers will experience a cow aborting or ‘throwing a calf’ at some stage or another....

January 4, 2020

First case of CAE goat disease discovered in Northern Ireland

First case of CAE goat disease discovered in Northern Ireland

The first case in Northern Ireland of the goat disease, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE), has been confirmed by the Department...

November 21, 2019

Minister confirms discovery of RDH2 in 6 counties

Minister confirms discovery of RDH2 in 6 counties

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) was first reported in domestic (farmed) rabbits in China in 1984. By 1986, the disease had...

September 29, 2019

How can I prevent coccidiosis in the calf house?

How can I prevent coccidiosis in the calf house?

Coccidiosis occurs in calves from the approximate age of three weeks onwards. It arises in young calves who have an...

March 9, 2019

Calf scour: The 1, 2, 3 rule for treating infected calves

Calf scour: The 1, 2, 3 rule for treating infected calves

With over half a million calves set to land on Irish farms in February, farmers need to be mindful of...

January 30, 2019

How can I make sure my calf shed is up to the task?

How can I make sure my calf shed is up to the task?

With spring-calving kicking off on some farms and on the horizon on others, making sure that the facilities are fit...

January 12, 2019

When is the right time to administer clostridial vaccines to my flock?

When is the right time to administer clostridial vaccines to my flock?

Lambing is fast approaching on many mid-season lambing flocks. Given this, it’s an ideal time to undertake clostridial vaccinations. ‘Booster’...

January 11, 2019

What can I do to prevent milk fever on my dairy farm this year?

What can I do to prevent milk fever on my dairy farm this year?

Dairy farmers are being reminded of the important role of dry cow management, in particular nutrition and mineral supplementation, when...

January 5, 2019

What can be the reason behind a cow ‘throwing her calf’?

What can be the reason behind a cow ‘throwing her calf’?

Abortion is a word that every suckler farmer hates to hear at this time of year. There are many reasons...

December 26, 2018

When should I vaccinate my cows in order to prevent calf scour?

When should I vaccinate my cows in order to prevent calf scour?

Spring calving on many farms is only a few weeks away and now is the time for farmers to start...

December 22, 2018

Predicting cattle disease ahead of time – through blood tests

Predicting cattle disease ahead of time – through blood tests

MicroRNA levels in the blood could be used to predict the future health and productivity of dairy cattle, British scientists...

September 17, 2018

What proportion of herds in Ireland are positive for IBR?

What proportion of herds in Ireland are positive for IBR?

Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) is a virus that spreads between cattle and can cause a number of problems, including: coughing;...

May 27, 2018

Be on the look out for grass tetany

Be on the look out for grass tetany

By now, the majority of herds have been let out to pasture. However, farmers must now turn their attention to...

May 13, 2018

Calf disease: Be on the watch out for coccidiosis

Calf disease: Be on the watch out for coccidiosis

The extra-long housing period on many farms has created stress for both the farmer and his/her animals. Fodder stocks are...

April 5, 2018

14 Schmallenberg cases suspected in Northern Ireland so far this year

14 Schmallenberg cases suspected in Northern Ireland so far this year

A total of 14 cases of Schmallenberg virus are awaiting official confirmation in tests so far this year in Northern Ireland....

February 13, 2018