Monday, 12 December 2016 14:51:59 Europe/London
The winter weather is with us, our horses’ coats have changed from sleek to furry and our paddocks from green to muddy. Skin problems are more common in the winter months when conditions are cold, wet and muddy and keeping horses clean and dry becomes a major challenge. Mud fever is the most common skin problem. Nettex’s experienced equine vet Dr Becky Lees has put together a guide to help you understand what mud fever is, how we can treat it and crucially how it can be prevented.Read More
Tuesday, 4 October 2016 16:33:43 Europe/London
WHY FEED AD LIB?
A bull calf with good conformation and a good bloom will command top prices. Ad lib feeding allows the calf to put on bone and muscle and express his full genetic potential. These bulls can go to market earlier, improving cash flow.
Dairy heifers are the future herd. The benefits of getting heifers off to a good start include reaching bulling weight earlier and calving between 23-24 months. This requires a Holstein calf to grow at 0.8kg/day and needs to consume a minimum of 900g of milk powder/day. Research has shown that calves with the biggest pre weaning weight gain go on to become the highest yielding animals in the herd (Soberon et al 2012)
Ad lib heifer calves go to the bull earlier, calve down within 2 years and give a higher than average yieldRead More
Thursday, 22 September 2016 11:51:11 Europe/London
Starting on the 7th October, we are once again holding our highly anticipated Autumn Equine Events!Read More
Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:21:41 Europe/London
It is very important to get the right size rug for your horse to prevent them from experiencing discomfort and to ensure the rug does not get damaged. Below we describe how to measure your horse properly for a rug so that they will have a rug to last many seasons. Rug fit may vary with each manufacturer.
Measure at the centrepoint of the chest (A), over the high point of the shoulder and to the centre of the tail (B). Then subtract 4" for a turnout rug and 6" for a stable rug.
- Make sure that the tail is lifted over the fillet strap and that the strap is securely attached on both sides. This will prevent the rug from blowing forward. Where possible pull the tail through the strapping on the inside of the tail flap.
- When closing the surgicles, ensure that they hang at least 10cm - 20cm below the horses belly.
Friday, 9 October 2015 12:36:02 Europe/London
The rules governing medicine use on farm are strict but fair. In this piece we aim to explain a bit more about how we do our best to secure animal and consumer health. Now more than ever, farming is under the microscope regarding animal and consumer welfare. As an industry we need not only to have the very highest standards, but crucially we need to be seen to be upholding the safety of the food we all eat for everyone.Read More