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Participants, including us! walking with Kenton Cool during Crickhowell Walking Festival 2016
This is a photograph of our Robbie during the Crickhowell Walking Festival 2017...it may not have been entered into the Photographic competition, but he is our winner!
Sadly, we were informed from one of our local farmers, that recently, he has heifers who have aborted their pregnancies...it has been confirmed by DEFRA that this is due to a parasite called Neospora...we'd never heard of it before so decided to delve a little further...
The Neopsora parasite can infect cattle and can cause serious disease in pregnant cows and result in abortion. It is a problem worldwide and it is on the increase in the UK. The pregnant cow may show no outward signs but when the parasite passes to the unborn calf it can cause abortion. Some calves survive the pregnancy but are stillborn, others may look healthy but are infected with the parasite.
Neospora is the most commonly diagnosed cause of abortion and there are no licensed drugs or vaccine available, thus an infection within a herd means an inevitable financal loss.
What can we, as responsible dog owners, do to help prevent this....
The only known route of infection is from dog faeces. If this is left on a field, the herd will digest this along with the pasture and the parasite is ingested. The simplest way for us to help stop this is to collect any of our dog poo and take it away with us. Dogs become infected by eating placenta or abortion material, so always be aware of where your dog is, if they are not too good at recall, then keep them on the lead.
I leave you with the words from another farmer who has had to learn about this parasite the hard way...
Remember we ran a vote to see how many people would be interested in these Merrell Trail Gloves next year?
Well the results are in.....looks like we will be stocking them!
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Whilst I'm sat here listening to the rain lashing down outside, I thought I'd best update you on what has been going on the past few months...
The Greenman Festival went well, weather not bad, not too much rain and the walk we led was great! Some of the folks who came, was on our walk last year, so it was just like meeting up with old friends, they can't wait until next year either...
Walkers are Welcome (of which I am a committee member) are busy working on 2020 Crickhowell Walking Festival, nearly there, all has to be done by the end of October so just as well.
Finally, I have written a blog about my recent trek in Upper Svaneti, Georgia....if you ever get the chance to go, then do so...just click the link to travelswithbradders
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This amazing piece of work is by Pedestal TV, who are busy putting together an I-Towns for the whole of Crickhowell!
Well, would you have expected anything less from the UK's No1 High Street!!