News From FarmVets SouthWest

July 2012 Newsletter FarmVets SouthWest

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Newsletter July 2012

DAIRY CO MASTITIS CONTROL PLAN 

FarmVets SouthWest are now registered providers of the above scheme. We have also recently secured 70% funding from SWHLI which makes this approach to mastitis all the more attractive and cost effective. The Dairy Co Mastitis Control Plan has been used by nearly 1,000 farmers and has delivered impressive results.  If you are struggling with cell counts or mastitis cases then this approach is well worth considering. For more information about the plan please contact Eoghan at any of our offices or go on-line at www.mastitiscontrolplan.co.uk.

 HONITON SHOW – COME AND SEE US AT OUR STAND AT HONITON SHOW ON THURSDAY, 2ND AUGUST 

The theme for this year’s stand is “Then and Now” to highlight the progress and changes that have been made in large animal veterinary practice over the years. Come and visit us for a cup of tea and a chat and a chance to enter our competition to win a luxury hamper. 

UBRO RED

Due to unforeseen circumstances involving the manufacturing of the product, Ubro Red 20s and 120s are now out of stock until the Autumn.  Please speak to any of the vets to discuss alternative dry cow tubes. 

INTERDIGITAL HYPERPLASIA 

Interdigital hyperplasia/growth or tylomas are a common claw disorder in our dairy cattle. These hyperplasias develop due to chronic irritation of the skin. This irritation may be both infectious and non-infectious. Removing the cause of the irritation is the first step in dealing with this problem.

Trimming the feet more on the inside of the claws thus removing pressure on the growth will reduce the lameness and in some cases can  even  result in reduction of the growth. Sometimes this will not be enough, or the problems caused by the hyperplasia will be worsened by super infection with digital dermatitis.  In extreme cases the tyloma may have to be surgically removed.   Please contact the office or any of our vets for more information 

PERFORMANCE MONITOR YOUNGSTOCK 

Last Autumn FarmVets SouthWest launched the Performance Monitor Youngstock. 

This is a very useful management tool to improve the performance of your replacement heifers (beef as well as dairy) and bring them to profit as soon as possible. The farms that have joined our scheme are doing really well and their initial results are very promising. The scheme helps farmers to ensure their newborn heifers achieve the best possible start and then monitors growth and performance.

 Results are then analysed and where necessary changes in young stock management will be implemented. 

In summary: 

  • Colostrum intake for every calf will be monitored by blood analysis
  • Weight gains for every calf will be monitored
  • Disease occurrence will be monitored
  • Heifer fertility will be monitored
  • Your farm will get a specific young stock action plan 

Please contact any of our offices for further details 

CHANGES TO DRUG WITHDRAWAL PERIODS 

Please note that the withdrawal periods for Tetra Delta for milk has increased to 18 hours.   

 BimotrimCO(the alternative to Dupahtrim IS) withdrawal period for milk is 60 hours instead of 48 hours

FARMVETS SOUTHWEST WELCOMES SUE HATCHER

Sue Hatcher joined us at the end of April as a receptionist/administrator.  Sue comes from Chard and has worked in local veterinary practices for several years.