September 2021 Newsletter
We have some exciting news this month; we are on the move! After 17 years at Chancellors Pound, we are moving down the hill to Nates Lane, Wrington BS40 5RS. This is the site of the old Flower Farm for those that remember; if you turn off the A38 onto Nates Lane it is 200 yards along on the left-hand side. We are planning on moving over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of October to open on Monday 4th October. We will hold an official opening in the spring but we are so eager to show you all our wonderful new premises we are planning an ‘open house’ day on Wednesday 13th October when you are welcome to have a tour and enjoy some tea and cakes, just turn up.
We are also offering refreshments to you all at the Dairy Show at the Bath & West on Wednesday 6th October, we are in the trailer opposite the miniature railway. Please come and say hello.
We are seeing a number of cases of cattle coughing while out at grass at the moment. It is unusual to see bacterial or viral pneumonia at grass unless there is a stressor that predisposes them to infection. There are a couple of other causes we see at this time of year, namely lungworm (Husk) and Fog Fever.
We typically see lungworm in the first grazing season but it is possible to see outbreaks in older cattle where there was insufficient exposure in previous grazing seasons. We see this commonly where long-acting wormers are used and immunity fails to develop. It is important to treat in the early stages of infection when cattle generally only cough after exercise and appear normal at rest. Wormers containing levamisole are the treatment of choice as they will paralyse the worms allowing them to be coughed up. Ivermectins cause rapid death of the worms and this can cause blockage of small airways and a secondary pneumonia.
Fog Fever is a confusing name for a condition that doesn’t require foggy weather or cause a fever! Typically, adult cattle are affected after moving onto fast growing lush grass. The rumen doesn’t adjust quickly to new diets and in this case; grasses rich in the amino acid Tryptophan are converted to a toxic product, 3-methylindole that affects the lungs rendering them impermeable to gas exchange. There is little effective treatment although anti-inflammatories may help. Cattle should be introduced to high-risk pastures slowly. Removing affected cattle from their fields may cause additional stress that will be detrimental to them. Severely affected cattle may progress to death, others will recover with time.
You may be aware that the Red Tractor Assurance rules are changing from November. The requirement for training around the use of medicines has changed from a recommendation to a requirement. With this in mind we have a training meeting on Wednesday 27th October at the new surgery at 11am priced at £25 per person. Please call to book your place.