16-11-2023 - Meghan Moore BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Autumn newsletter from the equine team

Introductions, goodbyes and another Client Evening just around the corner

07-11-2023 - Will Balhatchet BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Farm Newsletter - Advanced Breeding

Over the last two years the embryo services offered at the George have grown to provide a number of options on farm for improving genetic gain and exploring alternative breeding options.   

07-11-2023 - Keir Hamilton BVM&S MRCVS - 0 comments
Vet Attestation - Farm Vets update

The "Vet Attestation" or Statutory Health Attestation is a new veterinary certification that will be required from the 13th  December 2023. This is required to allow products of animal origins to be exported to the EU.  

03-10-2023 - Joe Reskelly BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Liver fluke in cattle

As we approach housing and an acute risk period we should all be thinking about liver fluke. 

08-09-2023 - - 0 comments
Have your say - Competition and Markets Authority questionnaire

We strongly encourage both our clients and team members to take part in the forum to present a fully rounded picture of your experiences to the CMA 

05-09-2023 - Zoe Williams BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
Using data to drive management decisions and improve productivity

After two successful sheep benchmarking meetings recently and with the start of the tupping season fast approaching, now seems like the right time to highlight how important record keeping and data collection can be. 

17-08-2023 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Calf housing matters and making the most of RPA grants

Good calf housing is key to having healthy calves 

31-07-2023 - Ben Jowett BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Sudden death in cattle

Sudden death in cattle is a worrying but fortunately rare event on farm. However, it is important to be able to recognise, prevent and sometimes treat the causes of unexpected deaths.  

25-07-2023 - - 0 comments
Training Courses

A short summary of our training courses from the farm team for the remainder of 2023

13-07-2023 - Fien Coudenys and Ellie Body - 0 comments
Smallholder newsletter

A smallholder visit includes discussions which include housing, nutrition, body condition scoring, vaccination planning, parasite control and other important things! 

05-07-2023 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Feet update and Heat Stress - Summer newsletter

Since running the BCVA Lantra Accredited foot trimming courses, Sarah shares a few tips for applying blocks which wil prove useful. 

05-07-2023 - Joe Reskelly BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Beef newsletter - making the most out of the pathway

We shed some light on what we at The George Farm Vets can offer our clients with the new Animal Health and Welfare Pathway Scheme, and how best to use the money from the government

23-06-2023 - Jenny Hindmarsh MRCVS - 0 comments
Equine newsletter - Summer 23

What have we been up to, and what's ahead? Find out more in our latest newsletter along with articles on laminitis and cracked feet.

16-06-2023 - Dr Catherine Mellor BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Cat microchips - new laws from June 2024

From 10th June 2024, it will be compulsory for all cats to have a microchip implanted by the time they reach 20 weeks of age. If a cat is found to not have a microchip, the owner will have 21 days to have one implanted or may face a fine of up to £500.

06-06-2023 - - 0 comments
Managing ewes pre-tupping

Ewes reach peak milk yield three to four weeks post lambing and so they need good quality grass to this point. If this isn't available, supplementation is necessary to meet the growing nutritional demands of the lambs at foot.  

01-06-2023 - Fien Coudenys MRCVS - 0 comments
Heat Stress in Cattle

The temperature comfort zone or 'thermoneutral zone' for a cow ranges from -15°C to +25°C. Outside this range, cows have to use coping mechanisms to maintain a stable core temperature. 

15-05-2023 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Bovine Tuberculosis update

The last 12 months has seen more changes to the UK's TB policy and so here is a brief update on what the current state of 'TB' affairs looks like. 

18-04-2023 - - 0 comments
Smallholders News

It's Spring and so lambing and kidding is in full swing. We also take a look at poisonous plants and separately you will find a focus on pig vaccination.

05-04-2023 - Jonah Dickie BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Animal Health and Welfare Pathway Now Live

The Animal Health and Welfare Pathway (AHWP) is a new government plan introduced as part of the Sustainable Farming Initiative.  

04-04-2023 - Joanna Gillingham BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Spring newsletter from The Equine Vets

Round up of seasonal topics and events from the equine vets at The George

08-03-2023 - Will Balhatchet BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Sheep Newsletter - Achieving success this spring

Now is the key time to be thinking about an effective and economic rearing plan to get the most return from the long hours spent getting lambs on the ground 

08-03-2023 - Tom Oxtoby BVSc CertCHP MRCVS - 0 comments
Semen testing and fly control

As you are all already aware, the quality of your bull or bull semen has a major impact on the fertility performance of your herd. 

20-02-2023 - Keir Hamilton BVM&S MRCVS - 0 comments
Lungworm in Cattle

As we head towards Spring and turning out cattle there are lots of things to think about pre-turnout. One of these is lungworm. 

20-02-2023 - Will Sommerville BVetSci BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Beef newsletter - Pre-calving blood sampling

Having a well balanced diet containing the right amount of energy, protein and mineral is a key part of having a productive and healthy herd, especially around calving. 

10-01-2023 - Zoe Williams BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
Improving detection of pneumonia with lung scanning

We all dread the day walking into the calf shed to find sick calves which are off their feed and showing signs of pneumonia. 

23-12-2022 - The George Farm Vets - 0 comments
Smallholders' winter newsletter

Our winter newsletter covers preparing for lambing, clostridial diseases, vitamin D deficiency in alpacas and chicken worming.

19-12-2022 - - 0 comments
Equine veterinary visit fees

The cost of fuel, maintenance and the running of our vehicles has significantly increased over the last year. Whilst we have managed to honour our no-fee visits throughout, we have decided to review our daytime visit fees with effect from 1st January 2023.  

19-12-2022 - - 0 comments
Investors in the Environment - Silver award

We are delighted to announce that we have now received our SILVER accreditation following our recent audit with Investors in the Environment, having been awarded bronze in 2021. 

28-11-2022 - Keir Hamilton BVM&S MRCVS - 0 comments
To Fluke or not to Fluke

As we have had one of the hottest and driest summers on record we are expecting a lower than normal, or possibly a delayed, liver fluke season. 

28-11-2022 - Will Sommerville BVetSci BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Mastitis - to treat or not to treat

With increasing pressure to reduce antibiotic use, some farms are now opting not to treat clinical mastitis cases. There are situations where this would be a suitable approach but it will not be a good option for all farms. 

10-11-2022 - - 0 comments
Equine Newsletter - Autumn 2022

Find out what the team have been up to over the last few months as well as our thoughts on the coming season.

04-11-2022 - Joe Pescod BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
Calf Care and Nutrition

The most efficient period in a cow's life for converting feed to growth is during the first 2 months of life. This period is critical.

21-10-2022 - - 0 comments
Smallholder services

A quick update on all the services we provide to smallholders, with your own newsletter.

04-10-2022 - Lizzie Kopec BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Donkey Health Club

Our new Donkey Health Club is launching. An exclusive club with many benefits.  

30-09-2022 - Will Balhatchet BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Focus on digitial dermatitis

With housing season approaching DD is a condition that is likely to rear its head after a hot dry spell and it would seem an apt time to revisit the mainstay of DD management.  

30-09-2022 - Fien Coudenys MRCVS - 0 comments
Beef Group newsletter - Liver Fluke management

With housing around the corner, lots of farms are getting ready to fluke-dose all their cattle. But is this really necessary? 

01-09-2022 - - 0 comments
Biosecurity on farm

September brings our focus back to the importance of biosecurity and how preventing new infections benefits health, welfare and production.

01-09-2022 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Pre-flight checks as we head towards tupping

The challenging weather conditions experienced across the UK mean that, with tupping just around the corner, it is more important than ever to check the tups and ewes thoroughly before being put to work. 

25-07-2022 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Resilience - Farm Vets newsletter Aug 2022

As prices of feed and fertilizers become less predictable, making a business plan resilient is key.  

15-07-2022 - Meghan Moore BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Equine newsletter - summer 2022

Our seasonal update from the equine clinic team with information on acupuncture, vaccinations and behaviour modification. 

30-06-2022 - Ben Jowett BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
NSAIDs and Pain Relief

Pain relief is an essential part of caring for any animal but production animals often mask signs of pain and discomfort. Knowing what to use, when to use it and if it has been effective can be a challenge. 

30-06-2022 - Zoe Williams BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
Beef Newsletter - maximising calving ease and success

As the busy calving season winds down, now seems a good time to think about how we can make improvements for next year. Maximising calving ease should be a pnonty for any suckler herd as difficult calvings can be extremely costly. 

06-06-2022 - Will Sommerville BVetSci BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments

Blowfly strike is a major animal welfare concern: an average of 1.5% of ewes and 3% of lambs in the UK may be affected each year, despite preventative measures undertaken by most farmers.  

01-06-2022 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments

What is Ketosis - this is month's newsletter from the George Farm Vets covers Ketosis and the issues associated with it.

05-05-2022 - Keir Hamilton BVM&S MRCVS - 0 comments
Changes to Red Tractor Herd Health Plan

Herd health planning can be incredibly useful - it allows farm staff and vets the opportunity to review the past year, find potential issues and  implement a plan to try and improve welfare, productivity and in turn profitability.  

05-04-2022 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
TB update - April 2022

Bovine Tuberculosis update for you from The George Farm Vets as well as details on upcoming meetings and launching our inaugural Cow Convention.

08-03-2022 - - 0 comments
Equine newsletter Spring 2022

As we emerge from winter into spring there is much we can be doing for our horses.

07-03-2022 - - 0 comments
Supporting Ukrainian Refugees

We are helping a local vet and friend of the practice who is organising help for two charities in south-east Poland to help those fleeing Ukraine.

02-03-2022 - Will Sommerville BVetSci BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Transition success

We discuss the many changes dairy cattle go through from the day of drying off to reaching peak yield in the following lactation post-calving. 




01-02-2022 - Joe Pescod BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
Friendly Fly Control

Reducing the fly population through the spring and summer can be a time-consuming headache and the consequences of Summer Mastitis and New Forest Eye are expensive, and frustrating.

05-01-2022 - Will Balhatchet BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Advanced breeding

On paper, getting a cow in calf is a  simple three step process; bulling (estrus), service and conception. In practice, a multitude of factors commonly result in a frustrating barren cow.   

23-12-2021 - - 0 comments
Here for you throughout Christmas

Our seasonal opening hours to take you through Christmas safely.

01-12-2021 - Meghan Moore BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Autumn Newsletter from The Equine Clinic

Staff updates, events, worming reminder, 2022 pub quiz, PPID and next year's Christmas card are all among the topics covered by the team in our latest edition.

26-11-2021 - Keir Hamilton BVM&S MRCVS - 0 comments
Iceberg Diseases - Sheep

A recent study suggested that only 5% of UK flocks routinely test for iceberg diseases and therefore a staggering 95% of flocks are not optimising productivity!

26-11-2021 - Keir Hamilton BVM&S MRCVS - 0 comments
Oral fluid therapy

Have you ever considered how much water a cow requires?

10-11-2021 - - 0 comments
GVG Medicines Training Course

We are pleased to confirm that we have a Red Tractor approved medicines training course. This course will enable you to meet the new requirement.

09-11-2021 - Will Balhatchet BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Beef newsletter - Breeding checks

Yearling heifers - breeding the best. Heifers are a fundamental component of any breeding plan; they represent both the genetic foundation of future breeding stock and a significant investment in terms of rearing costs. 

08-11-2021 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Calf tracker

The recent dry weather has brought with it a large variation in day and night temperatures and many still days; both of which can be a challenge to calf health.  

27-10-2021 - - 0 comments
BEVA Trust Veterinary Volunteers help improve Equine Welfare

Read about Jo Gillingham's recent volunteering here and on our Facebook page.

29-09-2021 - Ben Jowett BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Mental Health awareness

Awareness, resilience and how to find help in our latest edition of the George Farm Vets newsletter                                  

29-09-2021 - Joanna Gillingham BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Vaccination update

Information correct at time of posting (September 2021) - always check the regulations prior to competitions & events

03-09-2021 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Feeding cows

Feeding cattle indoors is a fine art and it is often discussed that there 3 possible diets a cow might be eating.

03-09-2021 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Youngstock Convention September 2021

Are you coming along? We are joined this year by 4 speakers and a host of companies from the industry.  

29-07-2021 - Keir Hamilton BVM&S MRCVS - 0 comments
Sudden death in cattle

Sudden death in cattle is a distressing event and always a cause of concern on farm.  

21-07-2021 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
TB Testing - update

Following a consultation in 2018, DEFRA announced that default 6 monthly TB surveillance testing of cattle herds with Official Tuberculosis Free status (OTF) would replace annual testing in the High Risk Area (HRA) of England.

16-07-2021 - - 0 comments
19th July and beyond - remaining Covid-secure

With the commitment both you and we have put in, we don't want to ruin it all by simply removing all restrictions.



24-06-2021 - Meghan Moore BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Equine newsletter - summer21

Summer is upon us and with it our latest edition of the newsletter from the Equine Clinic team.  

08-06-2021 - Will Sommerville BVetSci BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Farm Vets Newsletter - June 2021

I imagine that most of you would have had a conversation about shed ventilation with us at some point.  

08-06-2021 - Joe Pescod BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
Finishing lambs

You have counted up your lambs, and down your ewes. Now you have the pleasure of seeing the lambs out at grass looking strong.  

26-05-2021 - Joanna Gillingham BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Equine Herpes update

You may be aware of the recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus within Europe.

06-05-2021 - Lucy Fletcher BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
Farm Health Plans

This month we are looking at Health Plans and why it is could be short-sighted to view them as another cost

27-04-2021 - - 0 comments
A few pointers to protect your pet this summer

We all love getting outdoors and enjoying the warmth with our pets but there are a few advisories as we approach summer.

26-03-2021 - Jason Vernon - 0 comments
Opportunity for a Veterinary Care Assistant

Always a popular opportunity and we a now inviting interest and applications

26-03-2021 - Grace Boardman BVSc (Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Farm newsletter April 2021

A fully loaded newsletter this month with all our training and Zoom events listed too.

22-03-2021 - Jenny Hindmarsh BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Equine newsletter Spring 2021

Spring has sprung! Our latest newsletter is now available with some excellent news for the team. 

17-03-2021 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Upcoming Farm Events via Zoom

We continue to deliver regular farm meetings via Zoom as we navigate our way out of lockdown

15-03-2021 - - 0 comments
The Equine Eye

Join us for our upcoming Zoom clinical club and quiz

02-03-2021 - Joe Pescod BVetMed MRCVS - 0 comments
March Newsletter - Leptospirosis

Many of you will be aware that we often take blood samples of young adult cattle within your herds to get an idea of which diseases are circulating.

19-02-2021 - - 0 comments
Vaccination and medicines

Vaccination and medication are an integral part of pig production, allowing pig owners to deliver high welfare and high health pigs, whether in large scale production systems or as smaller scale producers.

08-02-2021 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Colostrum is GOLD

Suckler herds are calving and most of our sheep flocks are preparing for lambing (except for those keen ones that have finished already!) 

08-02-2021 - Ben Jowett BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Infectious abortion in Sheep

Abortion in sheep is a major cause of loss in flocks around the UK, with serious welfare and financial implications.  

05-01-2021 - Max Cory BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS Cert AVP MRCVS - 0 comments
New guidance for travelling abroad with pets

Whilst travel anywhere currently is restricted, there are now new rules relating to any travel to the EU or NI with your pets. 

05-01-2021 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Surgical success and vaccines

Chris recently pulled together the data from caesareans done over the last 3 years to analyse which cases went on to do the best post-surgery.



09-12-2020 - Richard Pearson BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Avian Flu

If you are a pig keeper within a restriction zone and, have poultry on your holding, movements are automatically restricted for all other mammalian species on the holding. 

08-12-2020 - - 0 comments
Seasonal Update from The Hospital Team

Here we are again with Christmas around the corner! Like most, I think we are looking forward with hope after a challenging year.  

07-12-2020 - Chris Warren BVetMed(Sci) Hons BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Export Services

The George Farm Vets have the necessary qualified vets to provide expertise and advice for all types of export to the EU and worldwide.  

27-11-2020 - Ian Cardiff BSc MSc BVMS MRCVS - 0 comments
Winter Housing

It is vitally important that during the long winter months your stock is provided with an optimum environment in which to live, thrive and perform. 

04-11-2020 - - 0 comments
Latest update for November

We are absolutely committed to continue working in a Covid-secure way and assure you of our continued commitment to the welfare of your pets.

03-11-2020 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Controlling the controllables - TB

Significant gains have been made in reducing the new infection rate of herds with regards to TB.

07-10-2020 - Will Sommerville BVetSci BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
October news from the The George Farm Vets

Tour de France cyclist vs high yielding dairy cow - this month we look at the comparative requirements and efforts of each to produce optimum performance.  

02-09-2020 - Grace Boardman and Lucy Fletcher - 0 comments
Grazing - Farm Newsletter

There is a plethora of options when it comes to grazing, from what you offer your stock to graze, to the way in which you rotate them around your land.  

06-08-2020 - - 0 comments
August newsletter from the Farm Vets

Flies! We look at the most common and the ways to control their numbers and the impact on your cattle

06-08-2020 - - 0 comments
Veterinary Services added to the list for face coverings

From Saturday 8th August Veterinary Services will be added to the list of places where the public will be required to wear a face covering or mask.

30-06-2020 - Linda Belton BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Summer newsletter from the Equine Clinic

As the horse world gets going again with the competition season starting and the countryside looking amazing, we are really pleased to welcome Jenny Hindmarsh to our equine vet team.  

29-06-2020 - Chris Warren BVetMed(Sci) Hons BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
A new test for TB

There is a relatively new blood test for cattle called the Enferplex test. It also looks for the antibody immune response to TB and it picks up more cows  

19-06-2020 - - 0 comments
Update from the Hospital team

We are delivering a full range of services again and returning to normal hours.

19-06-2020 - - 0 comments
Farm newsletter June 2020

Unfortunately, with the lockdown there are some milk processors asking farms to reduce their milk production. 

09-06-2020 - Alex Thomsett BVetMed(Hons) DPM RCVS - 0 comments
Preventing heat stress in pigs

If pigs experience heat stress productivity suffers in all ages. 

08-06-2020 - - 0 comments
Sheep newsletter - summer 2020

If buying in replacement ewes, or bringing store lambs onto your ground, you do not want to risk buying in problems

01-06-2020 - - 0 comments
A full range of services - more hours for our clinics

From 1st June we are taking some steps to increase hours across our clinics.


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