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Dairy Day 2017, Punchestown

We will be attending Dairy Day 2017, Punchestown Event Centre, Co Kildare https://www.farmersjournal.ie/farm/dairy-day-2017/656

 

Come along to Provita Demos

See Promist in action helping reduce antibiotic usage 

Wed. 22nd November at 12pm: James & Francis Kyle, 6 Cregagh Rd, Ballymoney, BT53 8JN
Wed. 22nd November at 6pm: Eddie Rodgers, 2 Church Rd, Tullynagowan, Derrygonnelly BT93 6BL
Wed. 22nd November at 7.30pm: Robert & George Shaw, 27 Drumbuck road, Castlewellan, BT31 9BS

See Hoofsure HELP service working to reduce lameness

                     Tues. 21st November at 1pm: Pat Lenehan, 34 Liscalgot Rd, Crossmaglen, BT35 9HX
                     Wed. 22nd November at 12.45pm: James & Francis Kyle, 6 Cregagh Rd, Ballymoney, BT53 8JN

Come Along to Provita Product Demonstrations

Come Along to Provita Product Demonstrations

See Promist in action helping reduce antibiotic usage

Wed. 22nd November at 12pm: James & Francis Kyle, 6 Cregagh Rd, Ballymoney, BT53 8JN
Wed. 22nd November at 6pm: Eddie Rodgers, 2 Church Rd, Tullynagowan, Derrygonnelly BT93 6BL
Wed. 22nd November at 7.30pm: Robert & George Shaw, 27 Drumbuck road, Castlewellan, BT31 9BS

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See Hoofsure HELP service working to reduce lameness

Tues. 21st November at 1pm: Pat Lenehan, 34 Liscalgot Rd, Crossmaglen, BT35 9HX
Wed. 22nd November at 12.45pm: James & Francis Kyle, 6 Cregagh Rd, Ballymoney, BT53 8JN

For more information visit www.provita.co.uk/news or FREEPHONE 0800 328 4982

Provita Protect POM-VPS helps solve ’Crypto’ problem

The McConnell’s run two separate commercial sucker herds in Clogher, Co Tyrone, with the majority of calves sold as weanlings. For the past number of years they have had problems with crypto. They tried everything without any long-term success. Most of their calves were infected and unfortunately they were losing calves to this problem.

Along with several management improvements, the McConnell’s now use Provita Protect POM-VOPS at the start of the calving period. Provita Protect is the only licenced probiotic for the prevention of scour which is proven as a replacement for antibiotics. Provita Protect is administered as soon as the calves are born; within ten minutes before they attempt to get up. The high-level multi-strain probiotic in Provita Protect works immediately by preventing harmful pathogens from the mother and the environment establishing in the gut.
“Calves get up and suck from their mothers much quicker after receiving Provita Protect. It also provides them with protection from pathogens in the environment and on their mother’s hides. Now if calves take scour, it is only a mild nutritional problem, which can be solved easily,’ confirmed Mr Mc Connell.

‘We haven’t lost any calves due to scour since using Provita Protect. It is a product I would not be without now when calves are born, after seeing a 100% reduction in scour.’

Many other farmers across Northern Ireland rely on Provita Protect to help reduce calf scour.

Farmers Weekly, Beef farmer of the Year 2011, Sam Chesney, runs Cool Brae Farm in Co Down. He has used Provita Protect for the past ten years. “The calves receive Protect as soon as they are born. Experience with the product has confirmed that it significantly reduces the incidences of scour. In the event of any calf coming down with the problem, we have found that it is much easier cured. I would heartily recommend its use to any dairy or suckler herd owner.”

Co Antrim farmer, Francis Connon has been using Provita Protect for many years, and has seen great benefits from using it. “The vast bulk of the herd calves down in the spring with a smaller number calving down in the autumn. We have always administered Provita Protect to the calves, as soon as they hit the ground. We follow the application regime to the letter over the calves first two days of life. And it’s an approach that has worked well from us. Problems with scour never raise their head.”

Using Provita Protect has become part of the regular calving routine on the Smith family farm in Co Tyrone. “We have used Provita Protect for many years, and we would never change this routine. We had calves born at the end of September and beginning of October, all of which got a dose of Provita Protect as soon as they were born. For us it is just a case of giving our calves an opportunity to thrive as well as possible and to be confident that we have done our best to ensure that their gut is protected from bad bacteria.”

Provita Protect POM-VPS is the only probiotic which is medicinally licensed for the prevention of calf scour. It has been clinically proven to reduce calf scour by 83%. To obtain this Veterinary Licence, it has undergone many years of rigorous testing to guarantee safety, efficacy and quality. Provita Protect should be given to new born calves at birth; bought-in calves; after digestive upsets or after antibiotic therapy.
With the industry under pressure to reduce antibiotic usage Provita Protect is a natural safe proven alternative. Vaccines do offer narrow high level protection where particular pathogens have been identified. However Protect has a broader spectrum of protection against all types of pathogens. This was demonstrated on clinical farm trials, farm tests and in lab conditions. The three strains of lactic acid forming bacteria used in the product have all been shown, in vitro, to be inhibitory to 8 pathogens common to farm animals. The pathogens tested were: E.coli strains K88 and K99, Salmonella typhimurium, dublin and enteritidis; Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens and Listeria monocytogenes.

Provita Protect is widely available in Northern Ireland. FREEPHONE 0800 328 4982 for your nearest stockist.

Promist helps to reduce antibiotic usage by 90%

The use of Provita Promist to improve air quality and maintain good animal health is rapidly growing across Northern Ireland.  Barry Logan at Logan Calf Farms rears c. 2000 calves per year near Ahoghill, County Antrim.  They arrive from various farms and marts at 1 month old and are sold on at around 3 months old.  The calves come from many different sources so are exposed to a mixture of various airborne pathogens.  At the end of 2016, there was a particularly calm spell of weather which led to poor airflow in sheds regardless of how well designed or open the houses were.  At this time, approximately 50% of the calves needed to be given an antibiotic. However, since Barry started using Provita Promist regularly he sees an immediate and significant improvement in the air quality, resulting in only 5% of calves needing an antibiotic; a 90% reduction!  He now uses Provita Promist regularly to maintain good airflow and quality to help keep his calves healthy and thriving. With Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) becoming a major threat for animal and human health the use of alternative products such as Provita Promist will have a much greater role to play in keeping livestock healthier in the future.  Logan Calf Farms purchase Promist from Connon General Merchants.

James and Francis Kyle who run 200 milking cows near Ballymoney have seen a big difference in their calf health and vitality since they starting using Provita Promist. They were using a fan and tunnel but were still having problems. Since using Provita Promist they have reduced their usage of antibiotics.  They have also experienced a vast reduction in digital dermatitis related lameness by signing up to Provita Hoofsure HELP service and using Hoofsure Endurance footbath solution.  Steele Farm Supplies keep stock of Provita Promist and serve the Kyle Farm.

The Shaw family farm in Castlewellan is home to a small herd of spring calving suckler cows plus a number of bought-in cattle.  After reviewing their rearing process in relation to pneumonia prevention they pinpointed environmental factors as a potential issue.  They started using Provita Promist to fog sheds when weanlings, young stores, finishers and suckler cow groups were housed from late September to early November.  The results were very noticeable when mixing various batches of cattle in the same air space as no groups developed acute coughs upon housing.  The respiratory health in bought-in calves has been greatly improved with use of Provita Promist. Another observation since using Provita Promist is the absence of ringworm infection on calves in houses that have traditionally manifested it. While it is typically innocuous in cattle, it is unsightly and something they are pleasantly surprised not to see this year.  Castle Vets supply the Shaw farm with their Provita products.

Provita Promist is available in over 200 outlets across Northern Ireland.  FREEPHONE 0800 328 4982 for your nearest stockist.

Provita Promist demos on Northern Ireland farms

Farmers are invited to see Provita Promist in action and discuss their specific farm animal health needs across farms in Northern Ireland:

Wednesday 22nd November at 12pm  James & Francis Kyle, 6 Cregagh Rd, Ballymoney, BT53 8JN

Wednesday 22nd November at 6pm  Eddie Rodgers, 2 Church Rd, Tullynagowan, Derrygonnelly BT93 6BL

Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30pm  Robert & George Shaw, 27 Drumbuck road, Castlewellan, BT31 9BS

Visit www.provita.co.uk/news for more information or call 0800 328 4982 to register your interest in attending any of the Provita demos.

 

Hoofsure HELP service: Dramatic reduction in Digital Dermatitis

Andrew Dale milks 110 Fleckvieh and Fleckvieh-cross cows near Limavady in partnership within his parents. Rolling yields are around 6,300 litres. The farm is focused on maximising output from grass and zero grazing has been introduced in the past two years to help achieve this aim on this fragmented farm. Given the poor weather at various stages over the past couple of grazing seasons, it has been necessary to house the herd for periods over the summer, and with a greater amount of time being spent in the house, Andrew identified a build-up of digital dermatitis(DD) related lameness and levels were too high. In late spring 2017, he signed up to the complimentary Provita Hoofsure HELP service. After the cows were scored by Provita rep Kieran Donnelly it was confirmed that DD was indeed high with 70% of cows displaying various stages of DD. Initially the cows were spot sprayed with Hoofsure Endurance for 2 weeks followed by daily footbathing. “We could see rapid progress within a few weeks, initially the active stages dropped down to 35%, now we are down to 5% to 10%” confirmed Andrew. “My hoof-trimmer has noticed a big improvement, and we can now focus on more functional trimming”. “The cows locomotion is also much improved and they are much more settled in the parlour, and not fidgeting about as much” commented Andrew.
“We now footbath the cows every day and we do the dry cows and heifers once a week. It has become part of my and the cow’s daily routine and it is easily done with the footbath located at the exit of the parlour. At the start of the programme there was a fair investment made in the product but by sticking with the recommendations we have seen very good results. I find the regular visits by Provita rep Kieran beneficial as it is an extra incentive to make sure you stick to the plan so that you don’t allow the DD levels to start to increase again. Also a fresh set of eyes can see things that you miss whenever you are trying to juggle all the various jobs that need done on a daily basis around the farm. With the feet right, the cows are now better able to perform to their full potential. “I would never go back to not using Hoofsure Endurance daily.”
Working closely with Provita rep Kieran, Andrew has achieved rapid and sustained reduction of DD related lameness. Andrew will be hosting a Provita farm visit in early January so keep an eye on press for details. Fane Valley supply Andrew with Hoofsure Endurance. It is also available in over 200 outlets in Northern Ireland. FREEPHONE 0800 328 4982 for your nearest stockist.
Provita Hoofsure demos on Northern Ireland farms
Farmers are invited to see Provita Hoofsure HELP service in action with semi-automated footbathing systems across farms in Northern Ireland:

Tuesday 21st November at 1pm
Pat Lenehan, 34 Liscalgot Rd, Crossmaglen, BT35 9HX

Wednesday 22nd November at 12.45pm
James & Francis Kyle, 6 Cregagh Rd, Ballymoney, BT53 8JN

Visit www.provita.co.uk/news for more information or FREEPHONE 0800 328 4982 to register your interest in attending any of the Provita demos.

Provita Hoofsure Endurance in another successful semi-automated system

 Pat Mc Guire runs an autumn calving grazing herd in Rock near Dungannon, Co Tyrone. He is focused on efficiency and managing his cows to target 7000 litres on 1.5 t of meal. When reviewing the herd health plan with his veterinary practice Parklands Veterinary Group an easy to use footbathing system was identified as being needed on the farm. When Digital Dermatitis (DD) first took hold 3/4 of the cows had a problem.

 

Previously the farm had used a plastic bath with ridges, however cows were reluctant to go through it no matter how many times it was used. Various products including antibiotic footbaths were used but they didn’t work.

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Provita Promist – Clear the Air

Provita Promist should be used at housing or when new stock has been introduced onto the farm. Thereafter use as often as required, e.g. when more stock is added to cattle houses or during still weather conditions until air flow improves. It can also be used daily in houses that have permanently poor air flow. Promist will reduce ammonia, dust and lower the pH. It should be used above and around the cattle and will purify the air, the surfaces and the animals.

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Footbathing with Provita Hoofsure Endurance made simple

The key message which sounded through the Vet Conference NI recently was the fact that current control measures were not enough to decrease the levels of lameness on our farms as a whole. David Tisdall noted that lameness had risen from 25% to 36.8%, and argued that the main obstacles in controlling lameness included lack of time and labour, it can be a tedious job and one that is overwhelming.  

 

Provita are currently working to make treatment and control of lameness much easier for farmers, offering a bespoke semi-automated system which can help make the task easier and safer. The system can be tailored to the farm’s specific requirements and each of the elements below can be customised to suit your farm. Provita also offer a HELP service, which includes free parlour scoring, farm specific protocols with the purchase of a certain amount of Hoofsure Endurance.

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Agriscot 2017

Provita will be attending Agriscot 2017. Call and visit us in the Highland Hall, Stand 109. For more information on the event visit: http://agriscot.co.uk/