December 2017

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As we approach the end of another year we are presented with the usual array of problems. Pneumonia continues to be a problem in calves, with both suckler and dairy animals affected.  Early treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs as well as antibiotics is essential to reduce the amount of lung damage and to get the calf […]

October 2017

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As we approach autumn we can only hope that the weather improves and everyone can get a chance to finish silage making and harvest. On a practice note after 17 years Emma Hatton has chosen to move on.  Our 2 new vets Conor and George are finding their way around the practice and enjoying the […]

August 2017

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Following the decision of Christopher Smith to move on to work in small animal practice with less out of hours work we are pleased to welcome 2 new vets to the team—Conor Reilly, originally from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland has just graduated from Glasgow University and George Quint has moved here from Somerset after graduating […]

June 2017

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With lambing and calving almost complete for another spring and stock turned out we have just about finished TB testing. There has been one animal taken from the Seascale area which has given us a number of extra herds to test, but thankfully we have not found any problems in these herds. Unfortunately, TB seems […]

April 2017

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The spring workload is keeping us busy as ever, with the usual number of lambings and calvings. Let’s hope the warm spring weather continues to keep everyone happy. There has not been as much TB testing as in recent years, and thankfully we have not found any problems. This includes the herds we have tested […]

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 […]