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In this winter edition, we take a look at herd health planning and the pillars that support the health of a herd, we discuss how to manage a cow diet, in particular the dry cow diet and factors to consider. We also talk about dry cow therapy, considering the criteria for selection, and we provide advice on the drying off procedure. We also take a look at the most prevalent zoonotic diseases present on Irish farms and finally, we talk about laminitis in horses and ponies, discussing the clinical signs, causes, diagnosis and treatment options.