Newsletter August 2014

As we approach late summer we have said farewell to Hugo Bower after 3 years, taking Gemma Morris with him back to Cheshire, where they have  a wedding planned for later this month.  As a result we have 2 new vets starting work this week – Andrew Doull who has just qualified from Glasgow University and Chris Smith who has qualified from London.  You will all have the opportunity to meet them over the next few weeks and months either on farm or in the office and hope that you will welcome them with your usual Cumbrian hospitality.

Dairy Meeting for your Diary

All dairy farmers will have received an invitation to a meeting we have organised at the High Cross Inn, Broughton in Furness on Wednesday 10th September at 7pm where there will be a presentation on the use of ‘STARTVAC’, a vaccine that can be used to help reduce and control mastitis in the dairy cow.  It is especially useful to help reduce the incidence of mastitis due to E. coli in newly calved cows, as well as mastitis due to Staphylococcus aureus which is one of the main reasons for high cell counts in some herds. There will be  a presentation by Rob Horn, a representative from HIPRA,  the manufacturers, explaining the advantages and benefits of the vaccine. If  you are interested in attending can you please let us know at the office  for catering purposes.

There are currently supply problems with both Ubro Red tubes for drying off and Ubro Yellow tubes for the treatment of mastitis. If you generally use these tubes then please discuss alternatives with one of us so we can prescribe something that should work as well.

TB Testing

TB testing is still ongoing with pre-movement testing being the bulk of the work at present.  We are still not finding any more reactor animals which is good news, so  hopefully TB will  not become established in the area.  As yet there is no evidence of TB in the wildlife in Cumbria, but DEFRA have decided to carry out a survey of  wildlife around the Bootle outbreak

This is an area more or less defined by the A595 Whicham valley, up the coast to Muncaster Bridge, along Birkby Road to the kennels, then over the fell to Ulpha, up the Bobbin Mill and then down to Duddon Bridge.

If you find any fresh dead or roadkill badgers or deer in this area then they will be eligible for testing. You can either contact us or ring AHVLA direct on 01772 861144 with  a map reference for the location of the carcass.  Obviously the fresher the carcass is the better,  they will not accept any that are badly decomposed and unlikely to provide any useful information.