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SRUC launches new Herd Health Planning app to connect farmers and vets
The new app stores data locally before uploading it to both BCMS and SAHPS systems when the device connects to Wi-Fi again.

Free app allows farmers to quickly record and share cattle data.

A new app created by the Veterinary Services team at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will allow British beef suckler farmers to share real-time cattle data with veterinary surgeons while in the field.

The Herd Health Planning app is free for Scottish farmers registered to the Animal Health Planning System (SAHPS) and available to others for a small subscription. It is also connected to the British Cattle Movement Service’s tracing system (BCMS).

All data is stored locally on the app while the farmer is out in the field and then sent to both BCMS and SAHPS systems as soon as Wi-Fi or mobile data becomes available.

The app also includes an e-medicine book which complies with farm assurances and other statutory requirements.

Now downloadable for Android and Apple devices, the Herd Health Planning app allows farmers to:

  • quickly communicate herd health to their veterinary surgeon
  • download all cattle currently on the holding through BCMS
  • record bulls in and out dates
  • record movements, births and deaths and upload them to BCMS
  • record disease incidents and production data
  • record animal treatments, creating the e-medicine book.

Health planning development manager Dr Foteini Manolaraki said: “We recognise that time is a precious commodity for today’s farmers. Rather than taking notes while out in the field or in the shed and then copying them into the computer, this new app allows them to share their cattle data with their vet while on the move.

This information is then shared multiple times via BCMS and SAHPS software, which could allow earlier vet intervention if necessary.”

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

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