Larkmead News - Farm

Dairy Farmers; could you help protect your cows’ potential?

Have you heard of Imrestor? We know that during the 60 days before to 30 days after calving, dairy cows experience a dip in their natural immunity, leaving them especially vulnerable to diseases...

Preparation for Housing Cattle

Jon's Jottings Hopefully everyone’s finishing up harvesting and thoughts are turning back to your livestock. It won’t be much longer before the weather turns, fields are a quagmire and the cattle...

It's the season for summer mastitis

We have already seen a few cases of summer mastitis this year. The peak time for this debilitating disease is July to September. It is a disease that primarily affects non-lactating animals. This...

It's Time to get your Tups Tested!

It may seem a bit premature to be talking about the rams going in (not for the early lambers!), but it's not too early. Spermatogenesis takes 6 weeks, so any insult, be that lameness, sickness,...

Selective Dry Cow Therapy

On 14th June Larkmead ran a meeting on selective dry cow therapy, which is where a farm chooses to dry cows off using (a) just a teat sealant (Orbeseal), or (b) a dry cow antibiotic tube in...

Update on Bluetongue risk to your animals this summer

Bluetongue serotype 8 (BTV-8) is currently circulating in France. Defra has released the analysis of risk to livestock in the UK which shows the country is at risk of an outbreak during the spring...

It's the Fly Season!

It’s that time of year where we are starting to see the flies again. Although they are not usually the direct cause of disease, in most animals they do cause both financial and welfare concerns. ...

Adelle writes: What Can Your Sheep Tell You?

The AHDB Beef & Lamb Stocktake report gives us a decent breakdown and summary of production costs, profitability and performance on English Beef and Sheep farms.  The 2015 report recently...

Katie Reports on Recent Lambing Workshops

Thank you to everyone who attended our Lambing Refresher Workshops throughout January and February. It was great to meet so many people from such diverse backgrounds, with such a range of...

Our Farm Vets are Trained to Train

When people think of a day in the life of a farm vet, they immediately assume that we spend all of our time knee deep in muck with our arms up a cows bottom and for the main part they are right,...