Larkmead News - Farm

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...

Worm Control in Pigs

A frequent finding at the abattoir in finished pigs is Milk Spot liver. This classic sign of a pitted scarred liver is caused by the migration of large roundworms (Ascaris suum).  If you are...

Preparation for Lambing

  As lambing approaches, it is worth considering whether you are fully prepared, as once in full swing it is often hard to find time to eat and sleep, let alone pick up extra supplies! Make sure...

Bovine Tuberculosis (again!)

Last month JP discussed the new testing regimes and the areas affected, so it may seem that we are a bit TB fixated at the moment. With reactors and new breakdowns being found each week it is a...

Cystic Ovaries

Cystic Ovaries are an ever present bane to fertility in the dairy industry with fertility being arguably the most important problem and cost. Cysts historically haven’t been associated with beef...

Suckler Herd Fertility

Suckler Cow Fertility Fertility is a main driver of profitability in a Suckler herd, with profitability directly linked to the number of calves reared and sold per cow served per year. The cost of...

Meningitis – more than a Streptococcal Infection

Autumn and winter is the time of year we tend to see more meningitis cases on our pig farms. This is not specifically because the temperature drops, but due to the fact that the pigs are under...