Larkmead News - Farm

Dairy Discussion Group Meeting - Foot Care

In the last week of November we held our first dairy discussion group meeting of the winter at Sherwood Farm.  Firstly, a huge thank you to Angus Dart, Dorian Jenkins and the farm team for hosting...

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...

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...

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...

Spring is here – and so are the flies, ticks and midges!

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...

Clostridial Disease in Cattle

It’s been noted recently by many of the vets that very few of our cattle clients are using vaccines against Clostridial disease. A much lower proportion of cattle farms seem to be using it...

Emerging Diseases of Pigs

  Biosecurity, both as a country and on farm, is paramount as pressure rises from diseases not seen in the UK before and our endeavours to reduce antibiotic usage. Be aware that viruses can...