New thinking on lameness to be discussed at talks on the 21st February

Veterinarian Roger Blowey will be highlighting the link between body condition score and the cows’ predisposition to lameness during the talks he will be addressing in Northern Ireland on Tuesday February 21st. The events will be co-hosted by Provita, Moore Concrete and Barclay’s Bank.

“This association can be best picked up with freshly calved heifers coming into the milking group for the first time,” said Blowey.

“If they are overly thin, then the digital cushion on which they walk will be likewise affected. And, as a consequence, these animals will be more prone to lameness-related problems. The same principle holds with mature cows.”

Blowey will also be discussing the impact of digital dermatitis on dairy cow performance.

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Internationally renowned vet headlines farmer talk

One of the most respected veterinarians, Roger Blowey will headline a farmer talk on the latest findings in the world of cattle lameness. Provita in conjunction with Moore Concrete and Barclays Bank will be hosting a cattle lameness talk in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 21st February in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, Co Tyrone at 7.30pm, it will be chaired by Richard Halleron. There will be workstations on various topics available from 6.30pm.

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If you think antibiotics are the only answer … Think Again.

Antibiotic resistance is now a global threat and is a huge concern to veterinarians and farmers alike. Consequently one of the main topics discussed at the recent World Buiatrics Congress in Dublin was the need for a collaborative approach amongst veterinarians and farmers in applying responsible use of antibiotics. ‘Because of overuse and misuse, some antibiotics are losing effectiveness against highly resistant bacteria’ (Health Policy Brief, 2015). Indeed bacteria have now become resistant to the last antibiotic type (Mac Kenzie, 2015). This means that farmers are now more than ever before, interested in the benefits of alternatives such as vaccines or proven probiotics.

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Tremendous turnout for cattle lameness workshop

Veterinarian Roger Blowey has highlighted the increasing importance of digital dermatitis (DD) related infections that appear to be affecting the skin and hoof.  Speaking at a Cattle Lameness Workshop, hosted by Jubilee Veterinary Practice on David and Stephen Jackson’s farm in Bangor, he added:

“The first of these conditions, commonly referred to as toe necrosis or seedy toe, is seen as a non-healing, stinking open sore at the toe.

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Highlights from the International Conference on Lameness in Ruminants 2013

The University of Bristol hosted the 17th International Symposium and 9th International Conference on Lameness in Ruminants in August 2013 where researchers and veterinarians from the world of lameness shared the latest research and knowledge about lameness.

Roger Blowey, the highly respected veterinarian, described how the Digital Dermatitis (DD) associated treponeme bacteria can alter gene transcription to assist their own survival.  As Nick Evans, University of Liverpool, explained “these bacteria can then fly under the immune radar”.

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Roger Blowey Lameness Video Questionnaire

Provita has commissioned leading veterinarian Roger Blowey to develop an exclusive video ‘Latest Developments in Reducing Lameness’.  By viewing this video and submitting the questionnaire SQP’s can gain 10 AMTRA CPD points (Ref:A2158), if graded 80% or above. Please view the Roger Blowey Lameness video first to obtain the answers. To gain access to the … Read more

Excellent turnout for Blowey lameness meetings

Leading veterinarian Roger Blowey spoke at Provita/Pfizer Animal Health-hosted farmers’ meetings in Coleraine and Portadown. This was followed on with meetings in Clonmel and Cork. Courtesy of his presentations, Roger highlighted the growing challenge of hoof related problems on dairy farms and the ways by which farmers can get on top of this issue. Read … Read more

Talks by Roger Blowey on the latest knowledge in reducing lameness in dairy cattle

Provita, Pfizer and Moore Concrete have organised three free talks by Roger Blowey on the latest knowledge in reducing lameness in dairy cattle. Lameness is estimated to cost £9,900 per 100 dairy cows, (Defra 2007) and is one of the biggest problems within the industry. These meetings represent a tremendous opportunity for milk producers to … Read more

Visit Provita at Livestock 2012 4th & 5th September

Livestock 2012 4th and 5th September, NEC, Birmingham, UK Organised by RABDF, Livestock 2012 is the leading event for the livestock sector in the UK. It attracts more than 16,000 visitors a year and presents a unique opportunity for farmers, herdsmen, consultants, processors and retailers from all over the world to see the best dairy … Read more