Larkmead News

Trace Element Profiling

Trace element deficiencies can cause a variety of losses in productivity: reduced reproductive performance in cows with copper deficiency; increased embryo loss in sheep with selenium deficiency;...

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...

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

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED - THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED As the country rejoices at the reduced traffic on the roads, the parents amongst us are faced with 6 weeks of entertaining the...

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...