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Farmers urged to check cattle for summer mastitis
"It is essential stockpeople pay careful attention when checking cows" - Dr Basil Lowman.
SRUC expert issues warning amid rise in number of cases

Farmers are being urged to check their cattle following reports of large numbers of summer mastitis cases.

Senior beef expert Dr Basil Lowman at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) said: “In most parts of the country it has been an exceptional year for grass growth, but this unfortunately means it has also been an exceptional year for flies – the carriers of summer mastitis.

“Although everyone is flat out trying to bring in the harvest, it is essential stockpeople pay careful attention when checking cows.

He continued: “Animals away from the main group, hungry calves, and swollen teats and udders, are obvious signs of a problem which needs immediate investigation, as the earlier the problem is identified, the greater the chance of saving the area.”

Dr Lowman said the animals at most risk are dry cows. However, because infection levels are so high this year, they can become susceptible to mastitis within two to three months of calving.

“The most important thing to do is to graze susceptible animals in exposed fields away from trees and open water where flies breed,” he said.

He added that teat sealants, Stockholm tar, fly spray, insecticide ear tags or garlic can all be used to prevent flies settling on cattle.

Once summer mastitis occurs in cattle, the level of infection carried by flies rises significantly as they land on infected areas and fly to nearby cows.

“The best way to avoid this is to bring all infected cows indoors, which will be necessary in any case if they are to be treated,” said Dr Lowman.

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.