Larkmead News - Farm

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...

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;...

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...

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...

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...

Preparation for Turnout

Turnout is fast approaching for most and has already happened for a few. It is the time of year where there is an opportunity to get our house in order. Anyone who has had the unfortunate...

Preparing Suckler Cows for Calving

  Claerwen has written a summary of some important points to be taken into account when preparing suckler cows for calving:  

Sheep Abortion

  Abortion in any species is a scary prospect and is especially worrying in our sheep flocks. Any abortions should ideally be explored and if levels go above 2% should definitely be investigated....

Nutrition in Pregnant Ewes - are we doing them justice?

Adelle writes: Late pregnancy is a critical time for nutrition in ewes.  During the last 8 weeks of pregnancy lambs put on 70% of their weight and this puts a huge metabolic strain on a ewe. If we...

The Hidden Danger of Subclinical Ketosis

Taking control of subclinical ketosis can be tricky, after all its very nature as a low level rumbling problem, rather than a full blown clinical case, makes it harder to spot and, as a result,...