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Animal health

Housing is a good time to control internal and external parasites in cattle.
By Kieran Mailey on 30 September 2017
This week, Aidan Brennan looks at grass growth rates and feeding meals, what to do with cull cows and says cows need to get supplemented with magnesium to prevent grass tetany.
By Aidan Brennan on 22 September 2017
Heavy rainfall is causing farmers to house cattle earlier than planned.
By Kieran Mailey on 09 September 2017
Suckler farmers should be taking steps to prevent grass tetany this autumn.
By Kieran Mailey on 15 September 2017
Purchasing cattle increases the risk of bringing disease on to your farm. Following these 10 steps can help to reduce the risk and improve animal health.
By Kieran Mailey on 31 August 2017
Special focus: don't take shortcuts with animal health
Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to animal health. Plan ahead and follow best practice at all times.
By Kieran Mailey on 31 August 2017
Steps are now being taken to prepare spring-born calves for weaning, starting with animal health, writes Francis Breen.
By Contributor on 24 August 2017
The threat of grass tetany has resurfaced, as heavy rain continues in most parts of the country, writes Ciarán Lenehan.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 21 August 2017
Daniel McPartlin examines lungworm in cattle and describes the symptoms involved in an infection
By Farmers Journal on 05 August 2017
Minister sees "no threat to the number of laboratories" as Ireland's first five-year animal health strategy focuses on prevention rather than cure.
By Thomas Hubert on 13 July 2017
Antibiotic usage should be monitored electronically and e-tagging of cattle and sheep are considered under the new animal health strategy.
By Thomas Hubert on 13 July 2017
NI and Scotland achieve BSE negligible risk status
The potential boost to trade for NI from attaining negligible risk status has been estimated at £12m per year.
By Odile Evans on 25 May 2017
New EU plant health law to deal with pests
On a visit to Dublin, the European Commissioner for Health outlined animal health, anti-microbial resistance and food waste as some of his top priorities.
By Odile Evans on 23 May 2017
Bird flu management 'a success story' as restrictions lift
The Department of Agriculture has ended the compulsory housing of farmed birds in place since Christmas as a precaution against the spread of avian influenza, with no case recorded in Irish flocks.
By Thomas Hubert on 25 April 2017
Frank Hynes of Teagasc gives advice on preventing and controlling nematodirus and coccidiosis, which can cause high levels of lamb mortality and poor thrive in young lambs.
By Contributor on 28 March 2017
MSD acquires Brazilian animal health company
MSD Animal Health has acquired a controlling share of Vallée SA a leading privately-held producer of animal health products in Brazil.
By Amy McShane on 23 March 2017
With weather continuing to delay spring turnout, the programme farmers are focusing on good herd health and hygiene management in housed cattle.
By Kieran Mailey on 23 March 2017
"Brexit fallout: animal disease risks" - Brendan Dunleavy, Killeshandra, Co Cavan
By Letters to the Editor on 16 March 2017
"An hour or two at the kitchen table with a farmer, reviewing his operation and his problems is a real investment in his herd." - Fintan Graham, Co Laois, by email.
By Letters to the Editor on 16 March 2017
Peter Varley looks at what is involved in drawing up a sheep animal health plan for the Knowledge Transfer Programme.
By Peter Varley on 02 March 2017
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