Vet Tech Services
Our innovative VetTech service is the first of its kind in this area. The VetTechs work alongside the farm vet in a team approach to improve farm health. We are proud to say it’s proved to be something of a revolution in farm health care. Amongst others;
To maintain your herd’s health it is important to keep your herd up to date with any vaccinations needed. Our trained technicians will help you to inject your animals, select the relevant animals and bring correct vaccines prescribed by your farm vet. They will ensure that suitable records are kept of the amount of vaccine used, the batch number, the expiry date and all individual animal ear tag numbers. A copy is sent out to you to include in your own records. Any second doses are booked in automatically so you don’t need to remember.
Young calves can be sampled every month to check the level of colostral immunity passed on to each calf at the first feed. This reflects colostrum quality and the efficiency of colostrum intakes. A report detailing the results is prepared each month. This can be used to encourage staff to progress and illustrate improvements. Calves are also weighbanded at regular intervals to give growth rates and from this we provide benchmarked growth reports.
The VetTech team is trained to assess the body condition score of your herd in a consistent way. This can help to monitor the body condition score changes that impact on health and fertility. We can make regular visits to farm at intervals of six weekly to quarterly.
A great way to reduce unnecessary spend on wormers and to identify the need to treat youngstock early is to monitor a small group of cattle by testing their faeces. Our VetTech team will plan ahead to collect muck samples at the correct times of year so we can help you optimise your youngstock worming treatments. On top of fluke and worm counts is coccidiosis sampling to enable the practice to come up with a cocci control plan tailored to your unit.
Our VetTechs are trained according to DairyCo standards to assess the levels of mobility of all cows in your herd. An automatic report is produced at the end of each session to detail the levels of sound/imperfect cows. We can make routine visits at intervals to suit you. Each report shows progress since the last assessment was made. Problem cows can be identified early for corrective foot trimming as required.
Foot trimming records can be collected from you at each mobility session and these are then uploaded along with the mobility scores to an online analysis tool where vets can then utilise the data alongside their knowledge of the farm to determine a lameness reduction plan tailored to your system.
The transition period is crucial for cows in order to have a productive lactation. Our transition check monitors this critical time and allows us to nip any problems in the bud before it leads to increase in transition diseases such as DA’s and RFMs. All dry cows are scored for condition and rumen fill to identify problem cows. The feed space, water trough space & lying space are also monitored to manage environmental issues. Cows are then followed through post calving to monitor BHB results for evidence of subclinical ketosis.
Done regularly at the right age meaning a stress & hassle free service for farmer & calf. Calves are disbudded at regular routine visits and all are given local anaesthetic and long acting metacam pain relief as standard. Because of all of this it’s a win win for calf and farmer.
The use of various alternative fly control methods including the use of fly parasites, boards loaded with pheromone attractants and long-acting residual knock-down products as well as application of other pour on products. Each plan is tailored specifically to the farm to ensure that the greatest reduction in fly numbers.