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Agri Academy Module 2 - Pneumonia: Reduce The Financial Impact in Your Herd This Winter

Everything you need to know to understand pneumonia control this winter

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Module 2 - Pneumonia: Reduce the financial impact in your herd this Winter

Section 1 - What is pneumonia

What is pneumonia and why are cattle more prone to pneumonia?
What causes pneumonia? Viruses, Bacteria and Lungworm
What is the incidence rate of pneumonia on Irish farms?

Section 2 - The clinical signs

The tell tale signs of pneumonia - recognising the symptoms of pneumonia in your herd
Examining the clinical signs in an individual animal
Taking an accurate temperature

Section 3 - Counting the cost

The cost of pneumonia and the associated direct costs
The hidden costs of poor performance and late finishing

Section 4 - Investigating a problem

Investigating an pneumonia outbreak
How do we make an accurate diagnosis of a problem
Diagnostics - various samples your vet may take, sample case

Section 5 - Understanding vaccinations

Understanding vaccinations and what they do
Cold chain - proper storage and administration
Timing of vaccines - creating a calendar approach with some brands and strains

Section 6 - The role of ventilation

The principles of housing and good ventilation
Assessing ventilation on farm, smoke bombs

Section 7 - It's multifactorial

Pneumonia is multifactorial
Dealing with lung worm
Understanding stress and why we have to minimise it
Weaning stocking densities and mixing age groups

Section 8 - Effective treatments

Treating pneumonia - the principles of early identification and prompt treatment
Choosing treatments
The benefit of anti inflammatories
Getting your vet involved in proper treatment plans


Summary

The need for prevention
AMR and the use of oral antibiotics
Moving your pneumonia from cure to prevention
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Your Instructor


Donal Lynch
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch is originally from Dublin and is now based and working in Tullamore. He qualified as vet in UCD in 2000. He is past President of Veterinary Ireland and past Chairperson of the Food Animal Group of Veterinary Ireland. He is also a member of XLVets IRELAND, a group of independently-owned veterinary practices that have come together to work to improve the health of the animals under their care.

Since qualification he has worked in mixed general practice with particular emphasis in cattle health and production. Prior to qualifying as a vet he spent time working in the agricultural sector on a large progressive dairy herd. Donal maintains a keen interest in all veterinary and agricultural matters.

Donal is a member of the IBR Technical Working Group and one of the Veterinary Ireland representative on the BVD Implementation Group.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Skillnet Profile Form - Please complete before continuing
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  Section 1 - What is pneumonia
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  Section 2 - The clinical signs
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  Section 3 - Counting the cost
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  Section 4 - Investigating a problem
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  Section 5 - Understanding vaccinations
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  Section 8 - Effective treatments
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  Summary
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