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

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
Farm newsletter June 2020

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

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

01-05-2020 - Beatrice Yates BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
May newsletter and May deals of the month

Viruses - how they do what they do

31-03-2020 - Ian Cardiff BSc MSc BVMS MRCVS - 0 comments
April Newsletter from the Farm Vets

These are certainly difficult and uncertain times for us all.  

24-03-2020 - Gethin Roberts BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
COVID-19 Farm Vets update

We would like to reassure everyone that The George Farm Vets will continue to provide the best possible care for you and your livestock in the coming months. 

06-03-2020 - Georgie Nixon BVSc (Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Getting the most from your heifers

We discuss the pre breeding checks we can offer in order to make sure you retain the most fertile heifers for your breeding herd 

04-03-2020 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Advice for worming ewe and lambs

Discussing the different types of roundworm that affect sheep, and advice for treatment of ewes and lambs. 

19-02-2020 - - 0 comments
AI Course - 4th-6th March

We currently have just 2 more spaces available for this AI course with Cathy Morris at Kemble Farm.

05-02-2020 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Bovine Respiratory Disease

Calf pneumonia or Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is the most common reason for poor performance and death in growing calves.  

07-01-2020 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Young Stock Convention Newsletter

Our Youngstock Convention is back for 2020 following the success of 2019. Find out more in our dedicated newsletter.

24-12-2019 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Key Performance Indicators - Beef Newsletter Winter

Key Performance indicators (KPIs) are the main figures used to assess the factors that are important for the success of a suckler enterprise.  

05-12-2019 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Disease Watch - Sheep Newsletter

Mindful of the shift in weather there are a few challenges ahead to discuss.

28-11-2019 - Beatrice Yates BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Mental Health Awareness

It is impossible to ignore the subject of mental health at the moment. The media in general and increasingly the farming media report the ever-heightening incidence of anxiety, depression and suicide.  

07-11-2019 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Seasonal Changes

Winter is coming! This month Kat Hart discusses 4 topics: Sustainability, Youngstock Convention 2020, Muddy Mouldy Maize and a new approach to Pneumonia.

04-10-2019 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Lameness innovations and best practice

Around 30- 32% of all adult cattle are lame at any one time, equating to over half a million cows at an estimated cost of £450 million per year.

29-08-2019 - Beatrice Yates BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Sheep Signals

The idea behind 'Sheep Signals' is to use everyday observations to your advantage in order to spot problems early. 

28-08-2019 - Ian Cardiff BSc MSc BVMS MRCVS - 0 comments
Summer Mastitis

One significant disease which rears its ugly head at this time of year is Summer Mastitis. 

01-08-2019 - - 0 comments
Our tribute to Tim

We remember with fondness and love our colleague and friend Tim Hirst BVM&S CertCHP MRCVS who passed away in July.   

28-06-2019 - Georgie Nixon BVSc (Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
July 2019 - Newsletter from The Farm Vets

This month's newsletter is about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Controlling pain in animals is paramount to safeguarding welfare.

11-06-2019 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Newsletter from the Farm Vets - June

Bovine TB is probably the biggest issue currently facing the cattle farming industry. Here's Ben's newsletter in answer to some of the most common questions faced by our vets.

03-06-2019 - Ian Cardiff BSc MSc BVMS MRCVS - 0 comments
Sheep Newsletter - External Parasites

External parasites are a year-round issue for all ages of stock. 

02-05-2019 - Will Sommerville BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Cattle worming

In this month's newsletter Will Sommerville discusses cattle worming, strategies and types of wormer available.

23-04-2019 - - 0 comments
Our biggest dairy farm wins Ceva's Farm Educator award

Our biggest dairy farm won a CEVA Welfare award in April. This is a national award and James Griffiths won the "Farm Educator" category.  

09-04-2019 - - 0 comments
Medicine Handling Course

We are holding a beef and sheep specific medicine handing course on the 16th April 2019 starting at 10.30am.

22-03-2019 - Chris Warren BVetMed(Sci) Hons BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Genetics and Genomics

There is a lot of talk in the farming press about genomic testing and as vets we have certainly been asked a lot of questions about it recently. 

08-03-2019 - Jason Vernon - 0 comments
Youngstock Convention - thank you for coming

With over 160 delegates we held our youngstock convention at Eastwood Park in March. Were you there?

07-03-2019 - William Sommerville - 0 comments
Lamb Care, Colostrum and recording

As lambing gets underway, measures to ensure lambs have a good start in life are essential.   

25-02-2019 - - 0 comments
After the vet has visited

Two important topics in this month's newsletter: After vet visits and lame cow follow-ups

04-02-2019 - - 0 comments
3 hour lambing course with Sarah Metcalfe

Book your place for Thursday 21st February for this 3 hour course run by Sarah.

31-01-2019 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Youngstock Convention March 2019

A new initiative for 2019 and already over 100 confirmed as coming, open to vets, farmers, producers and industry suppliers.

23-01-2019 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Upcoming meeting - Reducing antibiotic use in the lambing period

Join us at a meeting to discuss prevention strategies for watery mouth disease and options for control. 

22-01-2019 - Gethin Roberts BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Live to Dead event opportunity

This practical event, run by AHDB & THE GEORGE FARM VETS, allows you to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using the EUROP grid.    

07-01-2019 - Jason Vernon - 0 comments
Youngstock Convention March 2019

We're excited to invite you to join us on 6th March at our inaugural Youngstock Convention, bringing together farmers, producers, vets and industry suppliers.

02-01-2019 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Happy New Year

The New Year is a great time to try and do some of those little jobs which might get forgotten.

06-12-2018 - Ian Cardiff - 0 comments
Downer cow - Farm Vets Newsletter December 2018

We often get called out to attend a 'down cow', but there is a subtle difference between the presentation of the acute down cow and of the cow suffering from 'downer cow syndrome'. 

30-10-2018 - Cathy Morris BVSc BSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Heifer Rearing for Maximum Return

There is a wealth of evidence that shows that calving your heifers at 24 months is more economically efficient than calving at 36 months.  

26-10-2018 - Chris Warren BVetMed(Sci) Hons BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Feeding Pregnant Ewes

Although for most of you the tups have only just gone in, it is time to start thinking about how you are going to manage and feed the ewes through to lambing.  

27-09-2018 - Chris Warren BVetMed(Sci) Hons BVM BVS MRCVS - 0 comments
Costings - Direct vs Indirect Costs of Disease

With margins in the agricultural sector always under pressure, having a handle on costings is key.  

05-09-2018 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Preparation for tupping

The nights are drawing in and tupping time is approaching once again - some early lambers may even have already put the rams in.  

05-09-2018 - Ben Sellick BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Time to cool off?

A reflection on summer and what may slight be wise to consider from vet Ben Sellick

17-08-2018 - Will Sommerville - 0 comments
Tuberculosis - Newsletter from the Farm Vets

We present a summary of results for Gloucestershire in the year to March 31st 2018

03-07-2018 - Kat Hart BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS - 0 comments
Hygiene in the heat - The Farm Vets newsletter

As the weather looks to be staying hot for a few more weeks yet, now is the time to get on top of hygiene.

07-06-2018 - - 0 comments
Ewe Mastitis

Mastitis in ewes can be a significant cost to a flock, both economically and in terms of animal welfare. 

07-06-2018 - Sarah Metcalfe BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS - 0 comments
Avoiding heat stress - Farm Vets newsletter

The weather has been really hotting up lately, which is good news for getting your silage in, but not such good news for your cows, particularly in dairy herds. 

24-05-2018 - - 0 comments
NMR awards - Winners of Best Practice for Johne's control

We are delighted to be the first farm practice awarded with the new NMR Johne's Control award.

30-04-2018 - Ed Bailey BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Farm Assurance - May Newsletter

You may have seen my newsletter a couple of years ago, in which I discussed the importance of responsible use of antimicrobials.

22-03-2018 - - 0 comments
Digital Dermatitis

Digital dermatitis is an extremely contagious, erosive infection of cattle skin caused by Treponeme bacteria.

06-03-2018 - Ben Sellick - 0 comments
Lambing season - surviving the season

In light of the recent conditions we've been suffering and with lambing either underway or looming Ben talks survival tactics for the lambs, ewes and maybe for some of you at this tricky time of year! 

05-03-2018 - Gethin Roberts BVSc MRCVS - 0 comments
Dairy decision making and economics

The Alta Dairy Manager School is coming to Tortworth Court with one of the most thought provoking speakers in our industry, Dr. Steve Eicker. 

05-03-2018 - - 0 comments
Strategies to prevent disease; save time and money on your dairy farm

IfA's livestock team will be on-hand to explain to you, in plain terms, what antibiotic resistance actually means and why there is a demand on the industry to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock. 

28-02-2018 - - 0 comments
Ian Cardiff reports on his tour of the USA

A few weeks ago, Ian was lucky enough to visit the U.S.A as part of an Advanced Dairy Vet Group.

19-02-2018 - - 0 comments
Charity Clay Shoot

Sunday 25th March 2018: 10am - 2pm. In aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Young Farmers 

02-02-2018 - - 0 comments
The Down Cow - Farm Newsletter Feb2018

The definition of a 'down' cow varies but perhaps the simplest one is "a cow that is recumbent (lying down) and unable to stand". 

18-01-2018 - - 0 comments
Farm Courses - January and February

Dates for the diary : Beef Meeting, Medicine Handling Course, Calf Course and Lambing Course

16-01-2018 - - 0 comments
Did you see the team on Countryfile?

The first of 6 featurettes aired on the BBC's Countryfile last Sunday. 

04-01-2018 - - 0 comments
Mastitis investigations - January Newsletter from the Farm Vets

Mastitis is a wide-ranging disease that all dairy farmers will experience at some point.  

05-12-2017 - Will Sommerville - 0 comments
MilkSure training

The MilkSure initiative is for British dairy farmers. Its mission is to safeguard the production of wholesome milk which is free of veterinary medicine residues. 

05-12-2017 - Nick Britten - 0 comments
Ill Thrift in Ewes

There are any number of reasons for a ewe to be in poor condition. Some may be related to the demands of production, some due to old age and some due to disease. 

06-11-2017 - Kat Hart - 0 comments
What's new?

Kat came back from maternity leave recently; she reflects on the changes she's noticed in her time off. 

02-10-2017 - Nick Britten - 0 comments
Milk Fever

October's focus for the newsletter from the Farm Vets is Hypocalcemia (Milk Fever).

06-09-2017 - Sarah Metcalfe - 0 comments
Farm Newsletter - LDA surgical technique

Most of you will have seen us performing LDA or RDA operations at some point but you may not be aware of what is going on while our arm is inside the cow. 

03-08-2017 - Cathy Morris - 0 comments
Ischaemic Teat Necrosis (ITN) - Farm Newsletter

Research is being undertaken into a new and emerging disease in dairy cattle, Ischaemic Teat Necrosis (ITN).  

05-07-2017 - Ian Cardiff - 0 comments
Farm Newsletter - Cow Value

Two topics - Cow value and summer mastitis, covered by Vet Ian Cardiff. 

09-06-2017 - Tim Hirst - 0 comments
Newsletter from the Farm Vets - Body Condition

Achieving the correct Body Condition Score (BCS) at the appropriate stage of the cow's production cycle is vital to maximize both the health and profitability of your beef or dairy cows.  

09-06-2017 - - 0 comments
Sheep newsletter now available

Store Lambs' margins are always very tight, small changes can be the difference between profit and loss. 

08-05-2017 - Ed Bailey - 0 comments
Twins - The Farm Newsletter

May's newsletter from the Farm Vets looks at the incidence of twins

04-04-2017 - Chris Warren - 0 comments
Farm Newsletter - Biosecurity

Chris Warren addresses the importance of biosecurity on farm and where the greatest threats lie.

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