Provita Lameness Clinics
Provita are inviting farmers to the below locations where a technical advisor will be in store to give advice on lameness in dairy cattle & sheep and how Provita’s Hoofsure HELP service and products can help reduce lameness problems on farm.
Please see below for full details on locations:
Tuesday 27th February 2018: Dairygold, Lombardstown, Mallow Co. Cork
Wednesday 28th February 2018: Dairygold, Clondrohid, Macroom Co. Cork
Thursday 1st March 2018: Dairygold, Buttevant, Co. Cork
Friday 2nd March 2018: Dairygold, Ardagh, Co. Limerick
The Grant brothers Mike, John and Patrick run the successful Craigdoo Suffolk and Blackie flocks near Kilcoo in Co Down. John and Patrick are veterinarians involved as a partner and a pig specialist, and sheep specialist respectively within the Parklands Veterinary Group. Their farm is situated 600ft above sea level near the Mourne mountains. The enterprises consist of 130 pure breed Lanark Blackface ewes, 75 pedigree Suffolk ewes, 500 commercial ewes, 7,000 finishing pigs and a suckler herd. Recent successes include receiving £9,000 for a Blackie at Lanark in 2017. The brothers are driven to achieve even more success in the future. With an extensive embryo transfer program this year, they are set to continue the rapid genetic progression of their flocks. Read more
Arthur Hanna, who runs 130 Holstein Friesian cows in Armoy, Co Antrim, recently availed of Provita Hoofsure HELP service. Lameness is a major challenge in dairy herds across the globe. Infectious conditions are the biggest contributor towards lameness, with Digital Dermatitis (DD) the most commonly seen condition which can spread quickly throughout the entire herd if left unmanaged. This painful infection affects the skin around the hoof mainly at the back of the cleft between the claws and due claw. Lameness reduces mobility, comfort, feed intake, milk yield, fertility and ultimately gross margin. Milk yield can be reduced by at least 1 litre per cow per day. Read more
Join us at Dairy Tech, Wednesday 7th February 2018at Stand P25. Dairy-Tech is a dairy event tailored for the new generation of dairy farmer, manager and technician. It will showcase ground-breaking technology, inspiring uptake of the latest science and field-based skills, introducing a fresh range of innovative products and services, and pioneering new global concepts in management efficiency. For more information on the event visit: https://dairy-tech.uk/
Provita hosted a series of on farm demos throughout Northern Ireland last week outlining the benefits of making better silage and improving footbathing practices. Andrew Dale in Limavady, Dean Wright in Portadown and Declan Rafferty in Pomeroy were host farms. Read more
James McGuckian runs a flock of 140-strong Suffolk cross ewes and ewe lambs with his father Pat on the family’s Dunloy farm. The sheep enterprise was started 5 years ago in order to complement a well-established dairying business.
“We buy-in 100 ewe lambs in August/September each year,” said James “These are then put to a selection of Rouge and Kerry Hill tips. Lambing gets underway mid-way through March.
“Our aim is to sell the breeding females with lambs at foot in the local mart. The animals are kept on straw indoors until the lambs are two weeks old, at which stage they are sold on. Read more
With lambing and calving season now starting to kick off, there are many problems which can arise particularly in the damp and colder weather. Provita has a full range of products to help counteract the most common difficulties which can occur during this time of year.
Diarrhoea (scours) is the most common disease problem in the young unweaned calf. It is estimated that it affects in varying degrees over a third of all calves during their rearing period and is responsible for about half of all British calf deaths (MDC & NADIS).
Provita Protect POM-VPS is an oral supplement providing high-level, multi-strain probiotic bacteria to prevent diarrhoea in new born calves. It 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%. It should be given to new born calves at birth, bought-in calves, after digestive upsets or after antibiotic therapy. Read more
Provita ‘Making Better Silage’ Demos
Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 12pm
Dean and Jim Wright, 12 Brackagh Rd, Portadown
Thursday 11th January 2018 at 12pm
Declan Rafferty and Aiden Quinn, 112 Limehill Road, Pomeroy
See Hoofsure HELP Service working to reduce lameness
Tuesday 9th January at 12pm
Andrew Dale, 287 Ballyquin Road, Limavady, BT49 9HB
Provita are hosting several demonstrations on ‘Making Better Silage’ and reducing lameness over the week beginning Monday 8th January. See below for full details of the events: Read more