North-Pete O’Malley As we edge into winter, the conversations I’m having on farm are turning towards calf pneumonia again. Hopefully the calf housing government grant has helped some of you improve your sheds, but I wonder if housing sometimes gets too much focus when compared to calf resilience. A healthy calf that has had a […]
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Much of late summer and autumn seems to have centered around various external parasites. As I write this, the midges seem to be a constant irritation in the morning and evening as we try to eek out as much daylight as possible before the nights draw in too much – fingers crossed the threat of […]
Why weigh calves? Weighing suckler calves at weaning can help analyse how the cows have performed during lactation, and perhaps inform culling decisions. Weighing suckler calves post weaning, and at regular intervals during the growing period, can be used to identify where weaning or management (feeding, ration formulation etc.) over winter has had an impact […]
North – Emily Cruse It’s been a bit of a strange couple of months weather wise, with the unseasonably warm (and humid!) weather presenting heat stress challenges right through September but this weather also brought a promising maize harvest for many. Despite the inevitable clash with harvest, it was great to still see lots of […]
Now’s the time to monitor the impact of liver fluke in your herd Liver fluke (fasciolosis) is a parasitic disease that affects grazing animals, particularly those grazed on wet and muddy pastures near rivers or ponds. The life cycle requires mud snails as an intermediate host, and warm summers with heavy rainfall, such as this […]
NORTH – James Aitken It is now three months since the clients of Orchard Vets in Glastonbury moved over to Synergy, and likewise three months since I joined the Synergy team. As a traditional mixed practice Orchard had been finding it increasingly difficult to provide a gold standard service to the vastly different clients and […]
On my regular routine fertility visits lately I have noticed fewer pregnancies than I would normally expect. Additionally, I have scanned at least six cows that are either losing embryos or look like they will lose embryos. It has made me reflect on what has been going on in recent weeks. An obvious event was […]