Newsletter April 2016

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Some of you may already know that after two and a half years here, Claire Kilburn has decided to move back to work in Yorkshire, which will be closer to home for her.  We have found a replacement, Jack Porteous, formerly from Hexham who will be graduating from Nottingham this year and will hopefully start […]

Newsletter December 2015

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As we approach the end of another year we are continuing with TB testing around the breakdown in Bootle, hoping that no problems are found and that the need to pre-movement test will be removed. We are also doing the 6-month tests in the herds that have been caught up in the breakdown at Grizedale, […]

Newsletter October 2015

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September weather has been good with both stock and farmer alike enjoying some late summer sunshine.  An update on the TB situation is good news. The 2 animals that were slaughtered in July following positive skin reactions had no visible lesions at slaughter and were culture negative.  The 2 farms concerned have both passed the […]

Newsletter April 2015

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It is good to have some warm spring sunshine for ewes and new born lambs to enjoy, after the wind rain and snow at the end of March. We hope that grass will start to grow and cattle will soon be turned out. We have just started doing the 12 month TB tests around Lowick […]

Newsletter February 2015

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We are getting ready for the busy spring work load, having just completed the 6 month TB testing of all the farms in the 3km zone from the outbreak in Bootle. Thankfully we have not found any more herds with reactor animals present, but will have to repeat the testing again next autumn before the […]

Newsletter December 2014

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Congratulations to Emma Sunderland and David Hatton who were married at the beginning of November. I am sure you will soon get used to the name and signature of the new Mrs Hatton in the office or on farm. TB testing is in full swing with the 6 month tests being done around Bootle after […]

Newsletter October 2014

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What a good September we have had and as a result stock have generally been in good health. We have however had problems with pneumonia in cattle on some units, both housed and those that have been outside. As we prepare for housing have you treated your youngstock for lungworm—it is better to remove these […]

Newsletter August 2014

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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 […]

Newsletter June 2014

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We have almost finished the TB testing schedule in the Bootle area as well as the 6 month round of testing in Lowick and The Green zones, with no more reactor animals being found so far.  There are, however, a number of cattle that are inconclusive reactors and will be tested again 6-8 weeks later.  […]