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Stay informed with our topical articles, all written by our farm vets.

OAKHILL VETS CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS

This year marks Oakhill Vets 50th anniversary, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this momentous milestone! We are proud to have achieved remarkable development and growth, all whilst remaining fiercely independent.

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INVESTORS IN THE ENVIRONMENT AWARD: ACHIEVING ‘BRONZE’, AND HEADING FOR SILVER!

After a busy period of reporting and planning, Oakhill had its ‘Sustainability Audit’ with the iiE team in October, and we’re very proud to announce that we achieved ‘bronze’ accreditation!

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VETERINARY DECLARATIONS FOR EXPORTS TO THE EU

From 13th December changes to legislation concerning requirements for export to the EU are coming into place. These changes mean that all farms selling livestock for slaughter will require an annual vet visit to comply.

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LIVER FLUKE IN CATTLE

Liver fluke or ‘fasciolosis’ is common in cattle, and according to NADIS costs the cattle industry £23 million each year. The lifecycle involves a snail host which thrives in wet, ambient temperatures and releases cercaria (swimming larvae) between August and October that infect cattle and cause disease that is seen from mid-winter onwards.

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DIGITIAL DERMATITIS AKA “DIGI”

Wet and muddy conditions provide the perfect environment for Treponemes and other anaerobic bacteria to invade the soft tissues of the feet and cause lameness. Digital dermatitis is also infectious and can spread rapidly through housed herds.

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Animal Health and Welfare Pathway

The Animal Health & Welfare Pathway is a government initiative aimed at supporting the continual improvement of farm animal health and welfare. You can book a 2-3 hour vet visit to discuss any key herd or flock health issues on your farm – fully funded by Defra.

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