August 2018

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Summer has certainly been better than last year with the problem being the quantity of grass conserved rather than quality. The welcome rain has made everywhere look a bit greener—it was starting to look a bit like the Mediterranean in some places.  The culture results from the TB suspect mentioned in the last newsletter have […]

April 2018

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With Easter now over for another year we are all hoping that the weather will start to improve allowing grass to grow.  We have re-tested the doubtful animals found at TB test in Dalton and these have thankfully tested clear.  The workload this month includes getting prepared for the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) […]

February 2018

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As we head into early spring the news is that after 18 months Jack Porteous is heading to the highest market town in England, having been tempted back to his home practice.  We have a replacement coming to help us through March and hope to get further help for the remainder of the spring.  TB […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]