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TBAS: Let’s stop TB
posted on Thursday 17th November 2022

Thursday 17th November 2022

Everyone who farms cattle has concerns over TB and the thought of an upcoming TB test may fill you with dread. But this where TBAS comes in. We are now working with TBAS to help you regain some control and prevent TB from becoming a problem on your farm. The TB Advisory Service (TBAS) is a government funded project that offers practical, farm specific, cost effective advice regarding the control of TB on farm. This free advice and support is aimed at managing TB as an infectious disease that can be controlled and its risks mitigated through biosecurity measures.

What services will benefit you?

On farm visits, telephone advice, badger sett surveys and personalised recommendations unique to your farms management plan - all with one of our own vets for familiarity!

The farm visits are completed by specially trained, independent vets. Gemma, one of our own farm vets has completed all of the necessary training and is now available to carry out the specialised, fully funded visits. If you wish to book in for this service, please contact our TB Coordinator.

What is involved?

The visits are designed to be delivered in two parts, the first part is an initial visit involving completion of a questionnaire and a farm walk to identify potential risks for the spread of TB from other cattle or wildlife sources. A list of four farm specific recommendations is generated for you, the farmer, to implement in order to reduce the risk of TB transmission on farm. All of these recommendations are designed to be practical, achievable and cost effective. With the new DEFRA grant structure due to be launched over the next few seasons, you may even be eligible to gain financial support to help you    implement the recommendations made in your initial visit.

The second part of the scheme involves a follow up visit from 3-6 months later, whereby the implementation of the recommendations is reviewed. Evidence must then be provided so that Gemma can submit a report to TBAS to show the completion of the two visits and provide feedback on results.

Who is this available to?

Visits are available to any farm with a CPH number, making camelids and other non-bovine species also eligible for the service. Visits are suitable for any farm regardless of your TB history. This is a great opportunity to reduce the likelihood of future outbreaks or to help manage current breakdowns.

 

Meet the team!
posted on Thursday 6th October 2022

Thursday 6th October 2022

Jess joined the team as a farm animal veterinary surgeon in August. Originally from Southampton, Jess studied veterinary medicine at Cambridge University and has now made the move to Leicestershire to join us at FVS! Jess caught the bug for farm veterinary during her second year of university after completing placements on dairy farms.

Cricket, cycling and open water swimming are just some of the activities Jess gets up to in her spare time. She has a love for exploring and adventures whilst walking. Jess is out and attending many farm calls and hopefully will get a chance to meet many of you very soon!

Do you know the trace element status of your livestock?
posted on Wednesday 14th September 2022

Wednesday 14th September 2022

Trace elements are minerals such as copper, selenium, cobalt and iodine and are essential for life. Optimal flock and herd performance depends on trace elements being supplied correctly.
Blood sampling for trace elements is an extremely useful tool to assess what your pasture provides and if we need to supplement your livestock further.

When?

Cattle can be blood tested over the grazing season or at housing before any supplements are given.
Pre-tupping is the ideal time to blood test sheep so we have time to supplement if necessary before the breeding season.

How?

We will take blood samples from a minimum of 6 animals and send these to the lab to be tested. Results will be analysed by a vet who will then give you guidance on the best steps to take.
 

Call us if you wish to discuss the importance of trace elements further or to book in for your trace element blood testing.

Are your rams up to the job?
posted on Tuesday 5th July 2022

Tuesday 5th July 2022

Are your rams up to the job?

Rams have a huge impact on economical returns for the flock. Therefore it is vital for them to have optimal fertility. Research has shown that 10-15% of rams are unsatisfactory.

Don’t wait until scanning to find out if your rams have worked!

They may have desirable genetic characteristics, but would be of very little value as a flock sire if they are not breeding optimally.

Fertility test your rams annually and at least 10 weeks before the breeding season is due to start.

Call us today to book in your ram fertility tests with one of the vets.

Faecal Egg Count
posted on Tuesday 5th July 2022

Tuesday 5th July 2022

Are you aware of the internal parasite populations on your farm? Do you carry out regular faecal egg counts?

The key to parasite control is to prevent burdens from becoming unmanageable or leaving lasting effects. Don’t wait until your lambs, ewes or calves are scouring. Regular faecal egg counts and monitoring growth rates are key for good worm control.

Faecal egg counts enable us to:

  • Determine the need for treatment.
  • Prevent unnecessary treatment – slowing the progress of resistance.
  • Identify resistance post treatment.

 

New Lutterworth branch for FVS!
posted on Wednesday 17th June 2020

Wednesday 17th June 2020

We are extremely thrilled to announce the opening of our new Lutterworth branch of Farm Veterinary Solutions.

With this expansion, we can provide local support to our south Leicestershire clients as well as provide a range of services – such as mobility scoring - to local farmers.

In fact, our full range of veterinary and vet tech services for livestock farmers will be on offer from Lutterworth. These include fertility services, in-house faecal egg count testing, condition scoring, herd and flock health planning, and gamebird health services.

A variety of competitively priced medicines and wormers are kept in stock at the Lutterworth practice enabling same day collection, or next day collection for special orders.  

Informative and practical meetings for our farming clients are held throughout the year on relevant subjects. We also run a smallholders club for those wanting to improve their knowledge, or who are new to owning livestock. This has proven very popular and of real benefit to its members.

Emily Cox has joined the FVS team as farm receptionist for the Lutterworth branch, she is local to the area and will be a familiar face to some. Emily will be in the practice from Monday to Friday and is happy to process any requests and handle enquiries.

If you are interested in finding out more about the services we offer, and the benefits of working with an independently owned practice, then please get in touch.

Call us on 01455 248500 – or drop in to see us at Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bitteswell LE17 4LR.

Training day for farmers
posted on Friday 6th March 2020

Friday 6th March 2020

We held a farmer training day in February, at Tower House Farm, by kind permission of Mr Allen, and supported by Norbrook. The day began with an informative presentation covering a variety of different emergency scenarios that can arise on a farm – from difficult lambings to bloated cattle, which was then followed by a question-and-answer session.

After this, attendees were split into two groups for the practical sessions. Paul from Norbrook and Robyn our Vet Tech gave a faecal egg counting demonstration and discussed different wormers and the benefits of field rotation to one group.

Meanwhile, FVS vets Freddie and Jorge showed the second group how to carry out body condition scoring, drenching, and examinations of breeding bulls. To finish off the day, we all enjoyed a scrumptious hog roast from ‘Farmer Lou’.

New Faecal Egg Count (FEC) service
posted on Saturday 24th August 2019

Saturday 24th August 2019

We have now launched an in-house Faecal Egg Count (FEC) service: the cost of egg-counting and interpretation is £15+VAT. 

For more information call us on 01664 567481, email us on FEC@rutlandvets.co.uk or simply pop into one of our branches - at Uppingham, Melton or Harborough - where you can also pick up a free sample pack.