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  • Bovine Fertility Services
    posted on Tuesday 8th September 2020

    We are now offering new Bovine Fertility Services available at Farm Veterinary Solutions.
     

    Domestic Bovine Embryo and Semen storage 

    We now have the capabilities to offer our clients access to our on-site embryo and semen storage tanks.

    Our store is licensed for domestic semen and embryo storage on a long- or short-term arrangement.

    Ideal for clients that want to protect and store valuable genetics or waiting for suitable recipients to use our AI and ET services.
     

    Embryo Transfer Service 

    Farm Veterinary Solutions now has a team capable of implanting bovine embryos.

    This service is aimed at the pedigree beef and dairy breeder to help Fastrack genetic improvement. We can now also provide cow stopper embryos for use on problem breeder dairy cows, this involves implanting an easy calving beef cross embryo 7 days after Insemination to significantly improve the chances of pregnancy.

    Embryo transfers are predominantly carried out in synchronised recipients, but can sometimes be arranged following a natural heat.

    Fixed Time AI Service

    We now have a fixed time Bovine Artificial insemination service up and running. A great opportunity for our clients with smaller herds that cannot justify the purchase and running costs of keeping a bull on the farm. It is also beneficial to our commercial beef and dairy clients that want to tighten their calving pattern with group synchronisations. We can help you with whole process from selecting and synchronising suitable females through to sourcing and storing the semen.
     

    Why AI? 

    1. Gain access to top merit sires that can be used to genetically improve the traits in your replacement heifers and produce top quality beef calves.

    2. Increase the % of cows calved in the first 21 days of your calving period by having groups of cows synchronized and bred on day 1 of the mating period.

    3. Eliminate the possible disease and biosecurity risks associated with natural service and bringing bulls onto the farm.

    For any advice on the above please call the practice on 01664 567481 and press option 2 and speak to Nick.

  • New Lutterworth branch for FVS!
    posted on 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

    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 safely and correctly take blood samples from sheep and cattle, and 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

    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.  

  • Events for smallholders
    posted on Monday 20th May 2019

    We have two forthcoming evenings for our Smallholders ClubOn Wednesday 17th July, we will be holding an evening meeting on the topic of Calf Pneumonia: which animals are at risk, and what can be done to protect them. Zoetis is kindly sponsoring the meeting. Then on  Wednesday 18th September, Zoetis is again sponsoring an evening meeting on ‘Tightening the lambing period’ which will include discussions on synchronisation of breeding and worming programmes.   

    These meetings also always provide the opportunity for you to discuss with our vets, any concerns you may have on aspects of animal health or management. If you are interested in joining the Smallholders Club and attending any of these events, please contact the Melton Branch on 01664 567481 for more information.