Larkmead News

A Cool Dog is Better than a Hot Dog!

Heatstroke is a completely preventable condition but is something we see here at Larkmead Vets all too frequently.  I think we are all aware how quickly the temperature inside a car can increase...

Internal Parasite Monitoring

The use of worming products in cattle and sheep over the years has led to internal parasites (worms) developing anthelmintic resistance to wormers. This has largely been due to repeated internal...

Upcoming Workshops for Pig Stockmen

  Thursday 7th SeptemberOptimising the Health of Piglets from Birth to Post-weaning Thursday 5th OctoberThe Importance of Reducing Antibiotic Usage  and Ways to Achieve it Thursday 9th...

Backyard Chickens - What you Need to Know!

Why keep chickens? Chickens make great pets for both young and old and are easy to keep and manage, as long as you have suitable space to house them. Eggs – there is something great about being...

Summer Colouring Competition 2017

As the country rejoices at the reduced traffic on the roads, the parents amongst us are faced with 6 weeks of entertaining the children. Hopefully the weather will be kind so lots of time can be...

Sheep Fertility

As the longest day is now behind us, it is time to start thinking about the preparation for tupping. It is possible to advance the breeding season and to synchronise oestrus using the “ram effect...

A Healthy Diet for your Rabbit

17 - 25th of June 2017 is Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) - this year the focus is on a healthy diet.   Rabbits are herbivores and their diet should consist of fresh hay, grass, vegetables and pellets...

The Bull in Herd Fertility

  Jon Goodson writes:   The influence of the bull on herd fertility in both dairy and beef herds is often overlooked with the focus being on cow infertility. If female factors and infectious...

Why Vaccinate ?

Erica Softley, BVetMed.MRCVS As a vet in general practice this is a question that I routinely get asked by clients. And it’s a good thing. We should wholeheartedly encourage owners to be well...

The Flies are Back!

Flies are a common problem in our cattle herds, having both welfare and financial implications. Nuisance and head flies spread the bacteria Moraxella bovis which can cause a severe infection of...