Animal Health

Apr 08

Lambing time records

Keeping some simple figures at lambing time can really help us to make improvements within your flock. Even if the most basic tally chart was kept at lambing time it would give us something to work on. Basic information to keep: Number of lambs born dead, number of lambs died after born alive, number of …

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Apr 08

Mud Fever

With this prolonged wet weather, horse owners should be on the lookout for signs of mud fever, which affects horses lower legs. It is a common condition that affects horses living and working in wet muddy conditions. The skin over the pasterns and heels becomes infected, resulting in scabby or exudative lesions which can be …

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Apr 08

Itchy Cattle

Symptoms of itchiness and hair loss in housed cattle at this time of the year may be a sign of lice infection. However other causes such as cattle scab and other types of mites should also be considered. Lice may be seen on the skin if you look carefully however to confirm, bring us a …

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Apr 08

Heifer Pelvic Measurements

Our new pelvic meter has arrived! It is designed to measure the width of heifers pelvis’s to help indicate what size calf the heifer would be able to calve. This indication can then help decide on whether to breed from or fatten the heifer. If you would like to trial this service please contact us …

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Apr 08

Top tips for controlling Digital Dermatitis in cattle

Digital Dermatitis is a serious problem on many dairy herds, and an increasing number of beef herds. If a high proportion of the herd is affected it can have a severe impact on yields and fertility. It’s not easy, but it is definitely possible to keep it under control. First – if you don’t have …

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Feb 17

Vitamin D deficiency – Fact and fiction in sheep

Back in 2007 there were diagnosed rickets in a range of hill hoggs (swales, cheviots and herdwicks) investigated by the VLA in 7 flocks in Northern England. Most were returning from wintering on dairy farms. They showed signs of: ‘Tip-toeing’ Stiffness Prolonged recumbency Two bowed legs They were confirmed by bloods and post-mortem, most suspected …

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Feb 17

Barren Ewe Check

Are you experiencing a high number of geld sheep at scanning? If so please phone us as there is some blood testing we can do to check for toxoplasma and enzootic abortion? The lab fees are free for a few months so the only costs will be the visit and time to blood sample 6-8 …

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Feb 17

Beef Discussion Group

Another great turnout at the Royal Oak last week for our Beef Discussion Group, following a hot supper and a few pints Dan Griffiths gave us a really interesting talk on fertility and how a compact calving period can increase farm profits significantly (notes to follow…). Andrew followed up with a talk on Trace Element …

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Feb 17

Scabivax

As far as we are aware we will be allocated the same number of bottles of scabivax as last year. They will roll into us on the months they were ordered last year. We are trying our best to get extra doses in so please contact us in advance so we can add more to …

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Jan 19

TB Testing

In the next few weeks DEFRA/APHA will announce which private company has been awarded TB testing work. That company will have to offer the TB work to those whom you as farmers want to do their testing. If you want us as your vets to continue carrying out your TB tests rather than vets/lay testers …

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