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November 2023 Newsletter

With the clocks going back last weekend, it seems as though Winter has crept up on us once more, with many stock now housed. The winter housing season is always when we see an increase in the incidence of pneumonia. Both dairy and beef herds can find this challenging to manage at this time of year. High humidity and relatively mild temperatures allowing bugs to flourish plus...

October 2023 Newsletter

It was good to see so many of you at the Bath & West Dairy Show last week. The rain seems to have subsided for a while to allow some maize to be harvested and a bit of late silage has been made, so hopefully forage stocks are adequate despite the challenging seasons. Autumnal weather and animals coming back into housing are two of the biggest contributing factors in...

September 2023 Newsletter

We will be in attendance again at the SW Dairy Show at the Bath & West again this year on the 4th October. Please call by for a cuppa and cake; while we catch up for a chat! We are very pleased to welcome Caitee Midgley to our Vet Team. Caitee had spent time with us as a student at Bristol University. We are chuffed she has chosen to start her career with us. I am...

August 2023 Newsletter

I am sure the dry weather will return soon! Most certainly a topsy turvy year weather-wise. We continue to see tight supply chains with medicines; I wish I knew why! I have read that the EU are to blame but not sure if we can blame this on them! Forward planning enables us to try and smooth out the bumps in the road so the sooner you let us know you need a bulk load of...

July 2023 Newsletter

Some rain has now arrived, I am not convinced it is enough (yet!) or in time. It looks as though forage stocks could be tight again this year, let’s hope that means better prices at the farm gate. We held a well-attended sheep worm meeting last week. I feel we are starting to see a concerted shift in thinking in the industry, for too long we have been following practices that...

June 2023 Newsletter

The seasons this year have certainly presented their challenges. The forecast doesn’t show much rain arriving anytime soon. When the rain does arrive, I would expect to see a rise in worm challenge in grazing youngstock. We have recently invested in an Ovacyte machine which will give us more consistent and accurate results when performing worm and fluke counts. Please...

May 2023 Newsletter

It was great to see so many of you at the North Somerset Show, the stand was busy all day! Winner of our quiz was Ian Ford of Sutton Farm, Butcombe. After a wet and cold spring for many, turnout is now well underway, with many herds now getting out to grass. This still includes many dry cows at grass, calving outside in calving paddocks. Whilst such systems can potentially...

April 2023 Newsletter

Turnout has certainly been delayed by the wet weather but it feels as though we might have turned a corner, and spring is nearly with us. The Cull trade continues to be particularly strong, as many of the spring calves are hitting the ground it is a good time to be selecting cows that should be culled and not run back with the bull. A problem cow this year is likely to be a...

March 2023 Newsletter

The recent cold snap has certainly slowed grass growth; a few cows have still been seen making the most of the dry weather. I fear winter could yet have a sting in the tail! The dry weather may well reduce the fluke infection rate this spring. To save wasting money on product that isn’t required (and contributing to flukicide resistance) it may well be worth checking for...

February 2023 Newsletter

Despite the frosty mornings it is starting to feel very much like Spring. It would certainly be good for all of us with forage stocks tight for many. It is pleasing to see finished cattle and cull stock prices strengthening. Those that joined Liv’s lambing and calving meetings found them worthwhile, we plan to do these again as required so please register an interest if you...