We often get called out to attend a 'down cow', but there is a subtle difference between the presentation of the acute down cow and of the cow suffering from 'downer cow syndrome'.
There is a wealth of evidence that shows that calving your heifers at 24 months is more economically efficient than calving at 36 months.
Although for most of you the tups have only just gone in, it is time to start thinking about how you are going to manage and feed the ewes through to lambing.
With margins in the agricultural sector always under pressure, having a handle on costings is key.
The nights are drawing in and tupping time is approaching once again - some early lambers may even have already put the rams in.
A reflection on summer and what may slight be wise to consider from vet Ben Sellick
We present a summary of results for Gloucestershire in the year to March 31st 2018
As the weather looks to be staying hot for a few more weeks yet, now is the time to get on top of hygiene.
Mastitis in ewes can be a significant cost to a flock, both economically and in terms of animal welfare.
The weather has been really hotting up lately, which is good news for getting your silage in, but not such good news for your cows, particularly in dairy herds.
We are delighted to be the first farm practice awarded with the new NMR Johne's Control award.
You may have seen my newsletter a couple of years ago, in which I discussed the importance of responsible use of antimicrobials.
Digital dermatitis is an extremely contagious, erosive infection of cattle skin caused by Treponeme bacteria.
In light of the recent conditions we've been suffering and with lambing either underway or looming Ben talks survival tactics for the lambs, ewes and maybe for some of you at this tricky time of year!
The Alta Dairy Manager School is coming to Tortworth Court with one of the most thought provoking speakers in our industry, Dr. Steve Eicker.
IfA's livestock team will be on-hand to explain to you, in plain terms, what antibiotic resistance actually means and why there is a demand on the industry to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock.
A few weeks ago, Ian was lucky enough to visit the U.S.A as part of an Advanced Dairy Vet Group.
Sunday 25th March 2018: 10am - 2pm. In aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Young Farmers
The definition of a 'down' cow varies but perhaps the simplest one is "a cow that is recumbent (lying down) and unable to stand".
Dates for the diary : Beef Meeting, Medicine Handling Course, Calf Course and Lambing Course
The first of 6 featurettes aired on the BBC's Countryfile last Sunday.
Mastitis is a wide-ranging disease that all dairy farmers will experience at some point.
The MilkSure initiative is for British dairy farmers. Its mission is to safeguard the production of wholesome milk which is free of veterinary medicine residues.
There are any number of reasons for a ewe to be in poor condition. Some may be related to the demands of production, some due to old age and some due to disease.
Kat came back from maternity leave recently; she reflects on the changes she's noticed in her time off.
October's focus for the newsletter from the Farm Vets is Hypocalcemia (Milk Fever).
Most of you will have seen us performing LDA or RDA operations at some point but you may not be aware of what is going on while our arm is inside the cow.
Research is being undertaken into a new and emerging disease in dairy cattle, Ischaemic Teat Necrosis (ITN).
Two topics - Cow value and summer mastitis, covered by Vet Ian Cardiff.
Achieving the correct Body Condition Score (BCS) at the appropriate stage of the cow's production cycle is vital to maximize both the health and profitability of your beef or dairy cows.
Store Lambs' margins are always very tight, small changes can be the difference between profit and loss.
May's newsletter from the Farm Vets looks at the incidence of twins