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Clostridial diseases can seriously damage sheep flocks.

Clostridial Diseases in Sheep

http://jasonwebertherapy.com/portfolio_field/exterior/ Clostridial Diseases in Sheep What are Clostridial Diseases? Clostridial diseases are a group of severe diseases seen in sheep caused by Clostridia spp. bacteria. These bacteria are known to be pathogens in livestock, humans, and companion animals. They can survive in spore form in the environment for long periods of time and so are very dangerous. The primary source of infections picked up from the environment is faecal contamination of pasture. At the same time, it is normal for many of these bacteria…

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Scrapie in Sheep: Everything You Need to Know

http://kamransolicitors.co.uk/contact Scrapie in Sheep: Everything You Need to Know What is Scrapie? Scrapie is a degenerative disease of the Central Nervous System (CNS) which is fatal, affecting sheep and goats. It is a type of disease known as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy and has a worldwide presence. It first emerged in Europe and the United Kingdom 250 years ago. Flocks can suffer from as much as 10-20% mortality rates due to scrapie, introducing a massive economic burden for the industry. Scrapie…

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Facility Maintenance Operative Wanted

Vāsudevanallūr Do you have experience in maintenance and repairs? With good interpersonal skills? An exciting position has become available for an experienced Maintenance and Repair Operative to become a part of the team at Ridgeway Research Ltd. You will be experienced in providing maintenance and repairs, managing a varied and very busy schedule. You will need to be able to prioritise the workload, whilst completing tasks to a high standard. Self-motivated, with the ability to manage your own work load.You will…

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The Challenges of Going Off Grid and Preparing for the Unexpected!

http://goodvibeswebsitedesign.co.uk/web-design-templates/ The Challenges of Going Off Grid and Preparing for the Unexpected! If you’re seeking to explore some less crowded areas this summer, we have a cautionary tale for you! A staff member’s recent experience brought ticks back into the spotlight here at Ridgeway Research. It’s never a good sign when you’re travelling and you look down at your legs only to scream “WHAT IS THAT?!” It was a tiny “seed” tick, the young larval or nymphal tick stage. Tiny but…

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Risk of lungworm in unvaccinated calves and cattle

Risk of lungworm in unvaccinated calves and cattle What is Lungworm? Lungworm is a nematode that can affect many species of animals including sheep, cattle, deer, goats and horses. Each species typically has associated species of lungworm that it is susceptible to. The bovine lungworm called (Dictyocaulus viviparus) is the most common cause of lungworm in cattle. Depending on species, lungworms reside in the bronchi and bronchioles of the lungs (and sometimes heart) where they lay eggs. These eggs are…

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UK Parasite Watch July Edition: Parasitic Gastroenteritis (PGE)

UK Parasite Watch July Edition: Parasitic Gastroenteritis (PGE) What is PGE? Sheep Parasitic Gastroenteritis or PGE is one of the biggest challenges to the welfare and economic value of keeping sheep, being the most commonly diagnosed cause of mortality in young lambs in England and Wales. As the infective period progresses eggs will be shed onto pastures by infected animals. High pasture burdens may lead to disease and reduction in welfare and profit. What causes PGE? The causative agents of…

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Adapting to the loosening of COVID-19 lock down and preparing for the return to the new “normal”.

Adapting to the loosening of COVID-19 lock down and preparing for the return to the new “normal”. As we reported in our ‘News’ in April 2020, Ridgeway has been open for business throughout lock down. The Parasitology Laboratory has been very busy sourcing new parasites whilst maintaining both of its Liver and Rumen Fluke snail colonies. What’s been happening at RRL? As the UK and countries in Europe are gradually loosening the movement restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the…

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Top 10 uses of rapid progesterone measurement in milk

Top 10 uses of rapid progesterone measurement in milk Progesterone (P4) is a hormone well known for its uses in fertility management and heat detection in cattle. Today we are showing you 10 ways you can use progesterone measurement in milk to aid in improving your herds fertility. You can use rapid progesterone detection tests to confirm heat when you have observed bulling or have a cow that does not demonstrate signs – a low P4 result confirms heat, allowing…

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Heat Stress in poultry – what are the signs and how can we combat it?

Heat Stress in poultry – what are the signs and how can we combat it? I’m sure many people across the UK have been enjoying the beautiful weather recently, which has been welcomed and made it a little easier to remain in our gardens following social distancing restrictions. The same cannot be said for the poultry industry – as the months become hotter and we venture into the peak of summer, heat is a real problem for poultry. The poultry industry…

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Curious facts about the rumen fluke Calicophoron daubneyi

Curious facts about the rumen fluke Calicophoron daubneyi Another week nearly over with a brilliant bank holiday weekend on the horizon (I know I have been very grateful for the glorious sun!). Well done if you are managing to work through the obstacles coming our way at the moment. Here at RRL we are still here, still open and still working to ensure that we are following all guidelines. We have fully incorporated the governments risk assessments for laboratories and research…

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