Larkmead News - Farm

The Perfect Storm for Acidosis

There has been a lot of talk about forage this year, with the late spring and dry summer some farms, particularly in the South of England, may be short of forage for winter 18/19.  If that applies...

Keeping your Pigs Healthy - A Simple Guide for Smallholders

Following some simple biosecurity rules can not only help keep your own pigs healthy and disease free, but also help to protect the national pig health status.  With African Swine Fever  and...

Care of Alpacas in Winter

As we come into winter, there are a few things to think about in terms of caring for our alpacas: Vaccination

Pneumonia

Housing is fast approaching and it’s that time of year that we nag you about pneumonia, the biggest cause of dead cattle and lost productivity during the housed period, by far. Over recent years...

"Stamp Out BVD" Funding

DEFRA has announced a new £5.7 million fund for farmers to tackle BVD in England. BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) costs the UK cattle industry an estimated £60 million per year. What is BVD? The name...

Critically Important Antibiotics

Critically important antibiotic usage has come to the forefront of both vet and farmer attention in the past few years. Red Tractor requirements are aligning with milk contracts to restrict the...

Iceberg Diseases in Sheep

There are several chronic wasting diseases of sheep that are often insidious in onset, but can be economically costly. They are often referred to as “iceberg diseases”, as the noticeably thin ewes...

Making the Most of Your Grass

Grazed grass is the cheapest feed for ruminant livestock; in terms of feed, good quality spring grass is hard to beat.  Improving grazing efficiency – get more feed from the same area

Worm Control in Cattle

The sun has finally come out for a few days this spring. This has successfully dried out the ground enough to turn cattle out. While this has been a huge relief for those mucky sheds and low...

Worm Control in Sheep

Control of parasitic worms in sheep is vital to productivity. It is a massive topic, and so this article will be only a short introduction. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any aspect of...