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Livestock NEWS Laryngeal Chondritis

JUNE 2012


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CALDEW VETERINARY HOSPITAL Carlisle House, Townhead Road, Dalston, Carlisle

Following negotiations, improved buying and our association with XLVets we have been able secure price reductions of up to 8% on key dry cow therapies - Orbeseal DC, Cepravin DC, Orbenin Xtra DC and Cephaguard DC between 1st June and 31st August 2012.

Tel: (01228) 710208 TOWNHEAD VETERINARY CENTRE Townhead Veterinary Centre, Newbiggin, Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0HT

Tel: (01768) 483789

Laryngeal chondritis is a condition that occurs in both cattle and sheep and has a higher prevalence in double muscled breeds such as Belgian Blues and Beltex. The larynx is at the top of the windpipe and has two main functions. It contains the vocal folds, which produces the animal's 'voice', and closes over when the animal swallows to stop food going down the wrong way. It is made of flexible cartilage with a membrane lining. Unfortunately cartilage has a poor blood supply and this means that infections can be difficult to control as there are few white blood cells to help destroy bacteria and antibiotics may be in low concentration. Any insult to the larynx


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can result in deep infections that track into the cartilage causing swelling and pus production. This causes the inside of the larynx to close reducing the air that can be breathed in. It can also result in a marked roaring noise as the animal tries to breath in and out through a narrowed airway. In mild cases treatment can be attempted with antibiotics and steroid injections. These may have to be repeated on one or more occasion to resolve the problem and the animal may be left with some permanent damage. Severe cases may reduce growth and can even be life threatening. In these cases it may be necessary to insert a tracheostomy tube in the windpipe to allow the animal to breathe by-passing the larynx.

PARAGON ET The Mart, Tyne Green, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3SG

Tel: (01434) 600566



JUNE 2012

Immucol - calf colostrum Good quality and quantity of natural colostrum has no substitute in new-born calves but there are times when calves need additional or alternative sources:●

Johne's positive dams and herds

Calves born out of heifers

Cattle Wormers for turnout

Disease eradication or export animals (IBR, Johne's)

Immucol is 100% natural freeze dried colostrum, guaranteed free of EBL, IBR and Johne's disease. It is water soluble, fortified and supplied in an easily mixed bottle.

Animals calving with poor quality colostrum, blood tainted or mastitis Where known risk of neonatal disease is increased High value calves

Treats Roundworms, Lungworms, Eyeworms, Warbles, Lice & Mites

Pour On Enovex (Ivermectin)

£0.31 per 200kg bodyweight

FFIS grants Details for round 2 of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) have just been released.

Cydectin 10% LA

£3.22 per 200kg bodyweight

Virbamec Injection

£0.30 per 200kg bodyweight (500ml bottle)

Grants of upto 50% are available for various farm improvements, including animal health and welfare. Maximum grant is £25 000, minimum £2500. Details are available on the website, which can be found with an internet search for FFIS. Applications can be made between 22 May and 17th July. Eligible items are listed in the handbook on the website - they include rubber matting for floors,

improvements to cubicles, and foot trimming crushes. Well worth a look if you're considering some on-farm improvements. Please note, if you are applying for a grant for animal health and welfare you will need a North West Livestock Programme Health Plan. Those that already have one will need to register for a Health Plan review, which is then followed by a brief vet/advisor visit if it is older than 12 months. Contact the SAC on 0845 6040535.

June 2012 Farm Newsletter  
June 2012 Farm Newsletter