The Importance of Trace Elements for Lambs

Written by Dr T.B Barragry PhD,MSc,MVB,MRCVS Physiologically, lambs are precision instruments and can be prone to a great number of health and productivity problems while on pasture. Adequacy of nutrient intake by the young lamb can be hit and miss in many cases, depending on weather conditions, soil type, parasitism, pasture quality and herbage type. … Read more

Konquest Hoof Gel: The New Alternative to Antibiotics

85% of lesions improved and healed in a randomised controlled trial with one application! BASED IN IRELAND, Provita Animal Health developed Hoofsure Konquest Hoof Gel in conjunction with Queens University Belfast and Dr Roger Blowey, Specialist in Cattle (dairy).  Konquest Hoof Gel is a proprietary concentrated blend of organic acids and essential oils.  It is … Read more

Problems in the Pregnant Ewe

Written by Dr T.B Barragry In the pregnant ewe, 75% of foetal growth occurs in the final 6-7 weeks before lambing.  This rapid growth of the foetus increases the ewe’s need for nutrients, and hence daily requirements can no longer be met by a forage-based diet alone.  Ewes must be correctly fed in late pregnancy … Read more

ProVitaMin drench for Sheep & Cattle:  Vitamin A Source for Eye Conditions and Animal Health in the Autumn Winter Period

Vitamin A Deficiency Vitamin A is one of the most overlooked and underestimated vitamins for cattle and sheep, especially in the autumn/winter period, and at calving/lambing. Vitamin A is important for the function of the immune system, the health of epithelial tissues, mucous membranes, the eye, and the central nervous system. It is also important … Read more

INOCULATE TO ACCUMULATE: The latest technologies explained

The good news for the dairy farming industry is that the Agricultural Price Index indicates that input cost inflation has eased. However, input costs remain historically high and with falling milk prices profit margins are being squeezed. The continuing uncertainty about changes to agricultural subsidy schemes is leading producers to review their future, and the … Read more

Trace Elements for Cattle & Sheep at Pasture

Deficiencies on Pasture Trace element and vitamin deficiencies can adversely affect performance, fertility and profitability in sheep and cattle. The four most important trace elements are cobalt, copper selenium and iodine. Trace element deficiencies can be inherent (low concentrations in soil) or induced (high concentrations of inhibitors.  The resultant conditions may be expressed either in … Read more

Late spring puts first cut silage date back on Co Down suckler beef and sheep farm

Co Down suckler beef producer Sam Chesney has used Provita Advance+ silage inoculant for 30 years!  Co Down suckler beef producer Sam Chesney reckons he will be making first cut silage two, or possibly three weeks, later than would normally be the case. And this is a direct consequence of the late spring and the … Read more