Larkmead News - Farm

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...

Preparation for Lambing

  Lambing time is always stressful and hectic, so putting in the groundwork now can help reduce the workload then. Vaccination Ewes should be fully vaccinated against clostridial disease and...

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