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Welcome to the Farmsense article collection, your source for the latest in nutritional news.

Here you’ll find articles, news and information that will help you to make informed decisions on how best to support your herd or flock. We’ll give you advice from what makes a good drench to why colostrum is so important for new born lambs or calves.

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Latest Articles

How can a drought affect your flock mineral levels?

Date: August 2022

In situations like we are currently experiencing, mineral supply needs to be considered.   Whether finishing lambs or pre-tupping the for the ewes (and tups!), and a drench is a good option for ensuring your animals have a balanced and adequate intake, sufficient for their growing needs.

Hay has a much lower vitamin E content compared to grass, so farmers who substitute grass with hay could see vitamin E deficiencies start to creep in. Due to the relationship between selenium and vitamin E, this potential vitamin E deficiency is also likely to cause an increased selenium requirement in grazing animals. Selenium deficiency can lead to white muscle disease, infertility, ill-thrift, abortion and low growth rates.

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It’s that time of year again when we are counting down the days until our first lambs are due. Are you prepared?

Date: February 2021

The farming industry is making a conscious effort to reduce antibiotic usage – especially surrounding lambing. As a Nation, since 2014 the UK have successfully reduced antibiotic usage by 50% [1] This is fantastic news, however we must not rest on our laurels, but continue to work hard to follow latest guidelines and advice to ensure we continue tackling the issue.

Mineral Drenching Tips

Date: July 2017

During the summer drenching of cattle and lambs across the UK is a common site on many UK farms. As grass quality and quantity decrease throughout the summer months it is essential to add supplementary minerals and vitamins in order to maximise animal performance throughout these challenging months.

Wet Weather and Vitamin Content of Forage

Date: July 2017

Farmers Weekly reports that this extremely wet year has had a detrimental effect on UK livestock. Heavy rain has flushed trace elements from our British soil, leaving forage lacking in important minerals such as zinc, cobalt, iodine, copper and iron in many areas of the UK.

In House Manufacturing At Farmsense

Date: July 2017

Farmsense was founded in 1991 to supply British farmers with nutritional alternatives to traditional antibiotics. The wellknown and often over used term “prevention is better than cure” has never rung more true than today.

Controlling Johne's Disease in your Herd

Date: May 2017

It isn't just the financial costs that need to be considered, Johne's disease also imposes welfare issues on infected sheep and there are growing concerns over implications to public health.

Energy Requirements of the Ewe During Pregnancy

Date: March 2016

When a ewe becomes pregnant, the developing foetus inside her also requires energy, increasing the ewe’s total energy demand. The development of the foetus increases exponentially during the length of the pregnancy, with up to 60% of development occurring in the last month.