Newsletter February 2017

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This month sees the return of Fiona Patterson to the office after having been on maternity leave, with thanks to Hayley Fell who is moving on to pastures new having been with us for the last 12 months. As we start February we are continuing with the routine TB tests in the area which, thankfully […]

Newsletter December 2016

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We have had a nice period of dry weather which has been good for sheep and cattle outside, but we have had the usual problems with pneumonia in housed cattle. This is often due to poor ventilation, especially on still dry days, but other factors to consider include mixing calves of different ages, stress due […]

Newsletter October 2016

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Dairy Our dairy focus this month has been on the peri-parturient period with the launch of Imrestor and re-launch of Kexxtone boluses from Elanco. We have organised a farmer’s meeting, aimed primarily at dairy farmers on Tuesday 18th of October at 7:30 p.m at Grizebeck Village Hall that all are welcome to attend. The focus […]

Newsletter August 2016

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Some of you may already have met our new vet, Jack Porteous, a northern lad from Allendale who has just qualified from Nottingham University. No doubt you will all see him over the next few months either on the farm or in the office. We have been approached by one farmer who has expressed an […]

Newsletters June 2016

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I hope you are all enjoying the warm spring weather after the trials of one of the wettest winters on record.  With silage being made in earnest we hope there will be enough good quality forage to see everyone through next winter.  With most cattle now turned out, we are finding our workload is easing […]

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 February 2016

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As we get ready for another spring we have a new member of staff in the office with Hayley Fell taking over from Fiona Patterson who has had a baby boy on 1st February, both mother and son are doing well. Hayley has worked in a veterinary practice before so has some knowledge about different […]

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 August 2015

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Now August has arrived it will soon be time to start thinking about preparation for autumn—sales, housing, tupping etc, although I’m sure you are all more concerned with getting hay and silage finished and harvest completed. We also need to be aware of the risk of summer mastitis in your dry cows and heifers, which […]

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 […]