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January 2023 Newsletter

Happy New Year to everyone, I hope this year offers you all prosperity, health and happiness. We are running another Red Tractor approved medicine course on 11th January for Beef & Sheep farmers. Please call to book your place. This course is mandatory for all Red Tractor assured Beef and Sheep farms. Please come along prior to your audit! We were pleased that our...

December 2022 Newsletter

We continue to see a number of very high worm burdens in lambs. If your lambs are not doing as you think they should with or without scour, please drop us in a dung sample for testing. It seems almost normal now to see multiple wormer resistance when we are testing so please ask us for wormer advice sooner rather than later. We are already severely limited by the wormers...

November 2022 Newsletter

With the clocks going back at the weekend, it seems as though Winter has crept up on us once more, with preparations now underway for the housing period. The winter housing season is always when we see an increase in the incidence of calf scour. Both dairy and beef herds can find this challenging to manage at this time of year when housing is in constant use allowing...

October 2022 Newsletter

We seem to have seen an unprecedented number of rectal prolapses in lambs over the past month. This may be simply down to coincidence; rectal prolapse may be predisposed by any condition that increase intrapelvic pressure or abdominal straining. These include persistent riding behaviour, coughing, coccidiosis, and chronic diarrhoea. Vaginal prolapse in females and urinary...

September 2022 Newsletter

We will be offering refreshments to you all at the Dairy Show at the Bath & West on Wednesday 5th October.  We have moved position this year; we are in our trailer as usual but towards the top of Avenue B.  Please come and say hello. The recent wet weather after the drought is a perfect recipe for an outbreak of Lungworm and gut-worm. Surprisingly the hot dry...

August 2022 Newsletter

We are very happy to welcome Kiera Brook to our team this month. Kiera graduated from the RVC, London, but grew up in Bath. She enjoys all aspects of Farm Practice but especially Sheep and Dairy cows! I am sure you will all extend her a warm welcome. We have recently seen a few cases of the sheep stomach worm; Haemonchus (Barbers Pole Worm). The risk of haemonchosis in...

July 2022 Newsletter

We are just about to start off with our advanced sheep breeding season. This is a new service we are offering to predominantly pedigree sheep flocks now. AI in sheep is much more complicated than cows as they have an extremely convoluted cervix, which makes it impossible to pass an AI gun. We therefore access the uterus via keyhole surgery and deposit the semen directly into...

June 2022 Newsletter

It is pleasing to see plenty of grass being stored as I drive around, quality forage will certainly be more important than ever this year.  We have been busy calving cows lately, quite a few have been the tail end of Spring blocks. It highlights to me the importance of a tight calving block, the tail end cows are the least profitable and the most hassle! Taking the bull...

May 2022 Newsletter

It was great to see so many of you enjoying our hospitality at the North Somerset Show. After a 2-year absence, a good rural get together was certainly in order. The winner of the quiz was Roger & Alison Lyons of Lower Gurney Farm, West Harptree who knew their medicinal plants from their weeds! I wrongly thought that supply chains were fixed but this doesn’t seem to be...

April 2022 Newsletter

A huge number of animals have been turned out to grass as early as I can remember. With costs spiralling it is certainly a helpful early start to Spring. The past two years have definitely been turbulent but for my 20 years in practice I cannot remember a time when Dairy, Beef and Lamb have all been on the up as they are now, certainly long overdue and I just hope that energy...