We have a popular beef suckler herd discussion group in the practice who benchmark their performance and meet up quarterly to discuss seasonal topics. A recent meeting involved a trip to the local abattoir for a fascinating live to dead demonstration.
Bespoke health planning
We can monitor herd performance through analysis of growth rates, disease and mortality data (plus fertility data for the suckler herds) and can identify areas to improve your unit’s productivity.
We use a thorough approach to help suckler herds optimise fertility, including disease control and nutrition, calving block management and bull choice.
Bull fertility testing
This involves a clinical examination of the bull’s condition, vision, locomotion and reproductive apparatus alongside a detailed semen examination following electro-ejaculation. Our vets regularly test bulls both annually pre-breeding, and pre-/post-purchase. We can provide help with EBV selection.
All our Foot Trimmers are NACFT approved and undertake regular CPD to keep up-to-date with current lameness protocols. We use HerdKeeper software to record and monitor lameness on our farms and provide crushes and all equipment required for foot trimming sessions.
Health status accreditation
Gaining health status accreditation involves regular blood sampling of stock to monitor disease status and discussions with us to ensure that high health status is maintained. As your vets, we see it as a great opportunity to maximise your biosecurity, improve productivity and add value to your stock. Many of our Pedigree Beef Herds are on disease accreditation schemes with Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS).
Nutrition advice and metabolic monitoring
We can advise our beef suckler units on nutrition pre calving, and use blood profiling as required.
We use both disease prevalence data and assessments of how existing buildings really work to suggest practical improvements to increase the health of stock housed in these buildings. When designing new buildings, you will get the best results when you discuss your ideas with your entire advisory team, including your dedicated farm vet.
We have a popular beef suckler herd discussion group in the practice who benchmark their performance and meet up quarterly to discuss seasonal topics. Our finishing beef clients recently had a meeting at the local abattoir. Please contact the practice if you would be interested in joining the group.
24 hour emergency services
All our vets are enthusiastic and dedicated farm vets providing our own 24 hour emergency service, (almost) always with a smile on their faces!
In house laboratory
Our in-house laboratory offers same day worm egg and coccidia counts, milk sample culture, haematology and investigation of external parasites. We are very proud of this service as it allows us to use targeted therapy for mastitis cases and have rapid turnaround of results during disease outbreaks.