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Spring Update 2021

Welcome to our Spring 2021 newsletter, we cover nematodirus risk in lambs, Artifical Insemination tips for spring.  Cover the problems with Orf in lambs and the grass staggers in cattle which can be a major risk this time of year.

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March Newsletter 2021

Welcome to our March 2021 Update, we cover the frustrations of scouring calves, covering treatments and best protocols.  Bull fertility testing and the service we can provide.  Problems with hypocalcaemia and pregnancy toxaemia.

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December Newsletter 2020

Welcome to our December newsletter update.  We cover the complications of Clostridial disease in ewes with the best practices to follow.  The importance of colostrum and preparing for the lambing season ahead.  Our latest VPS offer list.

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Summer Newsletter

Welcome to our summer update, covering some relevant topics for the summer season, TB FAQs and current VPS offers.

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

In our spring newsletter, we celebrate the opening of our Lutterworth branch (pictured is our new farm receptionist Emily Cox). We give an update on the changes brought about by Covid-19: the way we need to carry out our farm visits and TB testing, product deliveries and turnaround on test results.The nematodirus risk is high this spring and there's advice on what to look for and how to treat it, plus advice on parasite control this summer.

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Winter 2019/20 Newsletter

In our winter newsletter, vet Chris Watton takes a look at reducing adult cow mortality on dairy farms, while Freddie Watchorn and Andrew Thomas give an overview of colostrum management and the feeding of calves. There's an autumn roundup of seasonal health issues by Max Hardy and an update from Rebecca Davenport on our Smallholders Club. Our Meet the Staff column features our new Farm Animal Practice Manager Nick Watson (as pictured).

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FVS Autumn Newsletter 2019

In our autumn newsletter, Max Hardy runs through the key parasites to look out for in the autumn, and the diagnostic tests and treatment options available; Jorge Robayna looks at aspects of fertility in suckler herds: PD-ing of cows and bull-testing; Zoe Hebblethwaite gives an overview of pneumonia and the vaccination options; our Vet Techs Robyn Oram and Vickie Gillespie explain the benefits of mobility scoring and body condition scoring.

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FVS Spring Newsletter

In this issue we give an update on TB – tests, regulations and advice when buying-in stock. There’s advice on what to look for when carrying out post-mortem examinations, and a rundown on the parasites which can cause diarrhoea in spring lambs.

Also discussed is negative energy balance in cows and its complex inter-relationships with transition cow diseases, as well as how to prevent it.

There’s also advice for spring-calving suckler herds on managing the end of block cows.

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

This issue contains information on: the new Red Tractor Guidelines regarding the prescription of High Priority Critically Important Antibiotics (HP-CIA), changes in the National Johnes Management Plan, plus Radial TB testing. There's also a refresher on sheep scab and blowfly strike, and a look at the possible causes of sudden death in cattle and sheep. For gamekeepers, Max Hardy gives some advice on feeding, rearing and releasing birds this season.

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

In our spring newsletter, vet Zoe Hebblethwaite gives an overview of the antibiotic alternatives to those on the 'Critically Important' list. Vet William Colmenares explains pre-breeding bull fertility tests and their importance. There's an APHA TB testing update, and vet Rebecca Davenport puts a focus on lambing and the value of recording any losses and identifying the cause(s). Flock owners can take advantage of subsidised testing to screen for Toxoplasma gondii and Chlamydophila abortus up until July 21st. And finally, there's details of an 'End of Spring' party we are holding for our clients - old and new - on May 11th. 

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