New Submission form

We have added a new style of submission form for use by our veterinary clients. We hope that the new form will be easier to use, and has a full list of all of the tests which are available from FarmLab Diagnostics, including our new range of equine tests.  The form also contains information on the various tests which we offer, which means that in total it is 7 pages long. We only require that the first two pages, which can be printed front on back on one sheet will be used for sending with samples. We advise vets to read the information provided on the other sheets to avoid confusion in relation to test submission, and limitations of certain tests. The form is available for download from our downloads page or can be accessed directly by clicking on the following link: Should vet practices have any queries please feel to contact us to discuss. F#514-1 Diagnostics Sample Submission Form.docx

Early Lambing – Investigating abortions in sheep

Early lambing is less popular than it was in our part of the world, but we have had some cases of sheep aborting in recent weeks. This mainly has been in pedigree lambing flocks where early lambing is still popular. One recent case involved a hogget delivering two malformed lambs which were premature and partially decomposed.

Elisa testing – Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay Tests

Elisa testing stands for Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay. It is a test method often used to detect antibodies to an infectious or parasitic disease. Antibodies are immunological proteins produced by an animal in response to exposure to infection.

Testing for Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR)


Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) is caused by bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1). This virus causes an acute upper respiratory tract disease which can lead to fatal pneumonia. Infection can also cause a severe and prolonged drop in milk yield, reduced fertility and abortion.

What is Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) in Cattle?

BVD in Cattle

BVD is a viral disease of cattle, caused by a pestivirus, called Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV). BVDV can infect cattle at any stage of their lives, resulting in impaired immunity thereby weakening the immune system and leaving the animal susceptible to other infections at the same time. This can be particularly pronounced in the case of cattle which become concomitantly infected with other respiratory viruses, such as IBR. Combined infection with IBR and BVD can cause a severe fulminating pneumonia and potentially death.

Veterinary sample submission form

We have updated our sample submission form for veterinary practitioners to include all the new tests which we have added recently. We have also included some explanatory notes relating to the various tests . We would ask veterinary practitioners to use this sample submission form when submitting samples.

Submission Form

We have added an updated submission form on our downloads page. There is also now a Word version of the submission form for anyone who would like to fill it in electronically. We have added an option to indicate whether sample results should be transferred to ICBF or not. This is particularly significant for Johnes disease tests.

Schmallenberg Virus

We have seen a lot of deformities in newborn calves this year in Co. Roscommon. In most cases these have been “dwarf” calves. Some herds have had one or two, whereas others have had many such calves. It seems that prolonged feeding of cows on silage of variable quality has led to the widespread occurrence of this problem. We have also seen a number of other deformities in cattle and sheep.