Our services include
- Herd health planning to maximise the productivity of your herd
- Experienced and efficient pregnancy scanning
- Bull fertility examination – Breeding soundness exams
- Faecal fluke, worm egg & cocci counts – same day results from our VetTech service
- Drench testing – identifying anthelmintic resistance on your farm
- Blood sampling for health schemes
- Skin scrapes – for ectoparasite problems
- Cattle foot trimming – in house foot trimmer
- Infectious disease monitoring schemes
Herd health planning
A successful beef business is built on rearing healthy stock as efficiently as possible. Dynamic health planning is crucial, working out the weaknesses in the system and putting things in place to improve.
By identifying where productivity falls down, be it calf pneumonia in winter or worm burdens in summer, we can help you put in place effective management strategies to prevent losses in efficiency.
Herd health visits cover a whole range of topics from nutrition, worming strategies, vaccination strategies, checs accreditation, fertility reviews, growth rates, disease incidence reviews and vet spend analysis to name but a few. Many farmers tell us that it is the most valuable bit of time they spend with the vet.
In the beef suckler herd, where the use of natural service is more common, maintaining a tight calving pattern is vital to the profitability of seasonally calving herds, and so managing bull fertility assumes even greater importance.
Although few bulls are sterile (incapable of successfully impregnating cows), sub-fertility is relatively common. It is not unreasonable to expect a fully fertile stock bull running with fifty normally cycling, disease-free cows to achieve a 90% pregnancy rate after a nine week serving period.
However, published work shows almost one in three stock bulls currently in use fail to achieve this target, taking a longer time to get fewer cows pregnant, which has a profound effect on profitability. A bull breeding soundness examination, aiming to identify individual infertile and subfertile bulls in advance of the breeding season, allows appropriate action to be taken and will frequently prove to be a very worthwhile investment.
Our farm vets have a wealth of experience in breeding soundness examination in cattle. We would recommend testing animals at the point of purchase (or before) and then all breeding males 4-6 weeks prior to the bulling period- so as to provide time for changes to be made as required.
Infectious disease monitoring
We have an infectious disease testing and monitoring scheme which we have been running for several years. We regularly blood sample a selection of your herd to assess and monitor infectious disease. This allows us to create a robust vaccination scheme tailored to your farm’s aims and disease risks.
We have vets who are trained BCVA Johnes Veterinary Advisers and also BCVA Trained BVDfree Advisers and we are supporting and encouraging farmers to eradicate both BVD and Johnes from their herds.
Using our free farmer app, MyFarmImpress, we are able to help you record treatments as well as plan alerts for you when subsequent treatments or vaccinations are due.