Larkmead News

Reducing Antibiotic Usage in Suckler Herds

Antibiotic usage in suckler herds is relatively lower than most other livestock industries. The suckler industry has therefore come under less intense scrutiny to reduce its antibiotic usage. RUMA...

Calf Pneumonia

Calf pneumonia, also known as Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), is a multi-factorial disease represented by viral, bacterial and environmental factors that can act together, affecting the young...

Seasonal Infertility

What is it? A drop in fertility performance in gilts and sows in the summer and early autumn. It usually manifests in two ways: 1. More difficulty coming on heat Delayed puberty in gilts Increased...

Oh no! It's Firework Season Again!!

Fireworks can cause untold stress to our pets, meaning we as owners, can dread this time of year when they are particularly prevalent.  Here are some tips for getting through the nights which...

Reducing the Stress of Visiting the Vets

We all know the feeling, your cat’s annual health check and vaccination is due and you are immediately filled with dread.  Your usually delightful and gentle cat turns into a tiger as soon as the...

Exercising Your Dog

Exercise should be incorporated into your dog's daily routine and is shown to be beneficial for both their physical and mental health. Exercise requirements will vary for each individual and will...

Buyer Beware!

We often extol the virtues of good biosecurity on farm. This extends from good hygiene and PPE, to quarantine periods for incoming stock. Purchasing new stock for the herd or flock is an exciting...

Why Neuter?

At early visits to the vet with your new puppy or kitten, you are likely to be asked if you want to have your pet neutered when he/she reaches the right age. But what does neutering actually mean...

Gamebirds

Well, the rearing season is well and truly here. Unfortunately, the beginning of the season has been full of problems. The wet and wild May into June, with temperatures going up and down...

Pig Mange: how to spot it and how to treat it

The warm spring, coupled with a mild winter will result in earlier activity of flies, ticks and midges this year. All of these can be transmitters of disease, as well as causing disease themselves...