Herd & Flock Management
Our role as vets in herd management is part of our routine dairy fertility work and takes account of particular issues with sick cows that the herd may be encountering. Routine visits enable us to appreciate changes in the fertility of the herd as a whole. A sudden deterioration in the herd’s fertility will provoke further examination of the herd and production records to determine the cause. Usually sudden deteriorations are related to changes in herd feeding or management (often effectively the same thing), but sometimes there are infectious causes. Infectious causes may cause other physical signs, but often this is not the case and detection of changes in the prevalence of a particular infection requires monitoring of antibodies on a regular basis. Increasingly this can be done most conveniently in milking herds by measuring antibody levels in bulk milk tanks. Basically it’s a monitoring exercise.
Interherd + is the software program offered by NMR that both we as the vets and the farmer can use to analyse data & produce management reports to improve herd health.
For further info, look at: http://www.nmr.co.uk/interherd+/
We now offer the Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS) Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS), operated by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC). This scheme enables you to test your herd for 4 major infectious diseases IBR (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis), BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea), Johne’s disease & Leptospirosis, at a subsidised cost. Knowing your herd’s status allows us to help you reduce & eliminate disease by setting up control measures and ultimately achieve a herd-free status. This enables you to improve herd performance & production & achieve herd disease-free accreditation.
For further info, look at www.cattlehealth.co.uk
Farm Walk, September 2015 at one of our clients’ farms. Ian Pritchard (BSc Agri Hons Animal Science) with the Simmentals.
Beef & Sheep
We offer the Scottish Animal Health Planning System (SAHPS). This user friendly, web-based scheme enables us to construct health plans for your farm. Both the farmer & vet can access & update the health plan online. You can add notes & set health plan review dates. This scheme aims to drive herd/flock health, highlight areas for improvement & improve production. There are also farm assurance templates.
For further info, look at http://www.sahps.co.uk/about/
For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Mimi Machin at Bredy Vet Centre, Tues-Fri 9am – 4pm, on 01308 456771. Alternatively, speak to one of our vets.