Larkmead News - Farm

African Swine Fever (ASF)

African swine fever seems to be a never ending hot topic. Reports suggesting that over half the breeding population has been wiped out in China, it would not be unreasonable to assume that it will...

Preventing Ewe Mastitis

Lambing time is the danger period of the year for ewes. From twin lamb disease, to prolapses and difficult lambings, to uterine infections- all are seen just prior to, at or just after lambing,...

Flooding: The Long Term Impacts on Livestock Health

Recent years have given us more than a few weather challenges; from the “beast from the East” to some of the driest summers in years. These extreme conditions keep us on our toes at Larkmead as we...

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...