The May edition of Talk Shop covers Erysipelas, Mycotoxins and Heat Stress as well as concerns over the future of the BPHS.
We're gearing up for Summer and hope that you will find this edition a useful guide to your own preparations for warmer weather or if you are planning a trip abroad with your pets.
This month's issue covers the developing regional situation for Nematodirus along with PGE, chronic fluke, lungworm and headfly. The Disease Alert covers three topical cattle and sheep health/production issues, including bull sub fertility and optimising dairy fertility.
A webinar and downloadable copy of the forecast is available.
It is inevitable that on every pig farm some animals will become sick or injured and have to be treated as "casualties". The treatment of a casualty pig is in the hands' of the producer and they should be influenced by animal welfare and public health considerations, and not by economics. The pig's welfare should always be the first consideration. This opinion is the official policy of the Pig Veterinary Society.
AHVLA, together with the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) initiative, are warning of a continued high risk of fluke infection for grazing animals in the early part of 2013 because the infective stage of the fluke will survive well on pasture land in mild, wet winters. Gavin Watkins, chair of AHVLA's Cattle Expert Group, said: 'Prevention is difficult at this time of year and vets have reported that the incidence of infection on some farms is so high that animals have had to be housed to avoid the risk of further infection. It is important to remember that, as well as cattle and sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas are highly susceptible to fluke infection."