As the seasons change so does the nature of work being carried out at FarmLab. As we move from autumn to winter and drying off there is a big increase in the volumes of milk sample bacteriology being carried out. Bacteriological culture and sensitivity testing of milk samples is a useful means to identify which […]
There has been a massive uptake of the faecal sampling option under the BEEP-S scheme, with an increasing number of samples being returned on a daily basis. Once returned, samples are analysed for the presence of liver fluke and rumen fluke. We are currently working our way through returned samples and are expecting an increase […]
Watch our video here https://youtu.be/Q0PTvpT0DGE with Vet John Gilmore as he discusses Johnes disease What is it? Johnes disease is a chronic disease affecting herds causing a range of symptoms and having a massive impact on production and performance. It is caused by a bacteria called MAP (mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis). This bacteria will be […]
Top tips for milk sampling At farmlabs, we test hundreds of milk samples every month for farmers and vets to determine what pathogens are involved in mastitis cases. Getting a handle on these bugs can mean we can make better decisions on how to stop the spread. Different bacteria will act in different ways causing […]
What is IBR? Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis is an infectious viral disease of cattle that is contagious. It belongs to a family of viruses called herpesvirus. These viruses are different because they can develop latency. This means after initially becoming infected the animal may get sick or may appear clinically normal. Then the virus subsequently goes […]
As we head into the peak of lambing season, one disease no sheep farmer wants to see is abortion. This can occur in flocks in the last trimester of pregnancy, with some abortion storms leading to 25% losses. The target for abortions is to have them under 2% in your flock. We regularly talk to […]
Laboratory tests for the causes of sheep abortion are an essential diagnostic tool which can save the farmer huge expenditure in money, time, and labour. However, it is vital that the swabs for the tests are performed accurately. This Farmlab video shows the procedure clearly and also explains it in clear and straightforward language.
Introduction Our BVD eradication scheme is coming very close to our target of national eradication and we are seeing the real animal health benefits on farms. While we have not achieved national eradication, significant progress has been made. We can also learn valuable lessons for future programs and their implementation. For now BVD tissue tag […]
The number of BVD virus animals born has been reduced to 925 or 0.05% of calves born in 2019. Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) virus in Ireland has been controlled as part of the National BVD Eradication Programme since 2012. In 2013 it became mandatory that all newborn calves were tissue tag tested for BVD Virus. […]
Wet weather and a bit of increased stress on cows has led to an increase in the number of cases of mastitis recently. This has led to an increase in the number of milk samples we have been looking at over the same period. Usually the bacteriological cause of mastitis at this time of year is one of the “usual suspects” ie. Staphylococci or Streptococci. In most cases the cow has picked up one of these “bugs” at milking time, ie. these types of mastitis are generally contagious, meaning they spread from cow to cow, usually on the milking operators’ hands at milking or through the milking machine. Recently however when milk samples have been cultured and analysed in the lab, we have seen some cases of bacteria which are not the “usual suspects”...