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Friday 15th May 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

MSD Animal Health

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Vet Seeks Help With Mystery Teat Condition

An English veterinarian is calling for help to unravel a mystery condition in dairy cattle that can result in cattle physically removing their own teats - in extreme cases all four teats. read more

Ischaemic teat necrosis (ITN), first described in 2004, is a growing problem in cattle with no known treatment or cause.

In the early stages of the disease, intense irritation within the teat follows an early lesion, easily missed as an area of dry skin at the teat/udder junction. The problem, however, can quickly develop into something much worse, according to Gloucestershire-based cattle specialist, Roger Blowey.

Starting at the base of the teat, the currently unknown causal agent kills the teat tissue, which then becomes infected.

Irritated teats can be totally removed by cattle. Photo courtesy of Roger Blowey

In some animals the whole teat becomes ‘intensely irritated’, causing profuse bleeding and leading to cows licking their teats to the point of removal in the worst known many cases.

Mr Blowey, who is keen to secure funding to advance understanding, has welcomed farmer input, whether in the form of anecdotal reports, farm surveys, or conversation at farmer meetings.

“I commonly bring up the subject at events and I often get questions and interest,” said Mr Blowey. “I have a form that people fill out to gain a basic epidemiology of the condition.”

The cost to the industry is unknown but could be considerable. One farm has had to cull 20 per cent of heifers in each of the last two years due to the presence of ITN. read more

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Vitamin E Supplements Reduced Retained Foetal Membranes in Cows
Retained foetal membranes (RFM) in dairy cattle are never a good thing. Recent research from the Universities of São Paulo and Florida showed that vitamin E supplements reduced the incidence of RFM.

How to Get Rid of Bedstraw
Smooth bedstraw is an invasive and opportunistic weed, which requires management to prevent proliferation in forage fields.

Tips for Cost Effective Calf Rearing
Weaning calves as quickly as possible may seem cheap but there can be some hidden longer-term costs, says Dr Bob James at Virginia Tech.

US Organic Dairy Farmers View Prices as Unfair
Many US dairy farmers are taking advantage of greater economic opportunities by switching to organic production, but farmers still view the price environment as challenging, according to research by the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

Company News

Survey: Move to Harmonize Interstate Regulations, Testing for Trichomoniasis
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USDA Dairy Products Sales Report - 14 May 2015
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   United Kingdom

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Livestock Movement Licences Changed in Wales


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