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7th January 2020
Hereford & Borders Poultry Conference

Hosted by Wales and West Poultry Group & Severn Valley Poultry Discussion Group with talks from:

Paul Crumpton (West Mercia Police) "Combating farm break-ins and coping with protesters"

Reg Smith: "How Canadian broiler farming is different to the UK, what can you learn?"

James Baxter "Farming layers as part of a wider farming business"

Date: 22nd January

Welcome and Coffee: 4.30pm (7pm meal)

Ticket:  £15 including meal, paid on the day at the venue.

Register here

 

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22nd November 2019
Lambing Workshop Westpoint St Columb
Lambing Workshop Westpoint St Columb

Looking to prepare and refresh your skills and knowledge ahead of the 2020 lambing season?

Ideal for new shepherds but also an excellent update for more experienced livestock keepers wanting to update their skills and learn more techniques.

Throughout the workshop you will have the opportunity to ask the vets any questions you may have about your flock.

There will be a light meal afterwards.

The cost of this workshop is £25 +VAT per person and any extra people from the same farm will be £5 +VAT each.

There's also a 10% discount for Young Farmers' Club members.

Date: Tuesday 26th November

Time: 12.30-2.30pm

Venue: Westpoint Farm Vets, Unit B Trevornick Business Park, Winnard's Perch, St Columb, Cornwall, TR9 6DH.

To book your place please call 01637 889231 or you can email nicola.stokes@westpointfarmvets.co.uk

Pasty on arrival!

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Prepare your farm and flock for lambing with appropriate equipment and medicines
  • Appreciate normal ewe behaviour before and around lambing
  • Practice delivering normal and abnormal lamb presentations using a lambing simulator
  • Perform techniques such as tubing, as well as more advanced procedures like eyelid injections and intra-peritoneal glucose administration.

Enhance your skills in:

  • The benefits of recording lambing data and using it to improve performance
  • Recognising and dealing with problems in lambing, including metabolic ewe diseases, prolapses and abortions
  • Procedures and techniques which will equip you to deal with different lambing situations
  • Care for both normal and weak lambs in the hours and days after birth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22nd October 2019
Sheep Scab ELISA Test
Sheep Scab ELISA Test

In the face of the growing threat posed by sheep scab, a series of educational posters has been released to highlight the benefits of the application of the sheep scab ELISA blood test in the fight against the disease. The posters are a result of a collaboration between Biobest Laboratories, the Moredun Institute, the Scottish Government, SEFARI, SCOPS, EPIC Scotland, BioSS and Blobina Animation. The posters illustrate how you can save money and improve flock health through the effective use of testing.

This blood test, developed by Moredun Research Institute, has been offered by Biobest for over 2 years. The test detects specific antibodies in the host sheep to a protein found in the sheep scab mite. The test can detect antibodies in infested sheep before clinical signs become apparent, so is an important tool in scab control.

There are several applications for the test including flock screening, testing prior to routine treatment to assess if this is necessary, investigating clinical disease where skin scrapes are negative, and testing purchased / returning sheep whilst in isolation.

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26th September 2019
Finadyne 50mg/ml Solution available.

After being unavailable for several months, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Finadyne® solution has been reformulated by MSD Animal Health to allow for its use in cattle, horses and pigs.

In Cattle:
The control of acute inflammation associated with respiratory disease; it has also been shown to have some benefit in the treatment of experimental acute bovine pulmonary emphysema (Fog Fever). It can also be used as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of acute mastitis.

In Pigs:
For use as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of swine respiratory diseases.

In Horses:
The alleviation of inflammation and pain associated with musculo-skeletal disorders. It can also be used for the alleviation of visceral pain associated with colic in the horse.

Available in 50ml and 100ml vials

Legal category: POM-V

SHOP NOW

 

 

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5th August 2019
Adrenacaine Back in Stock

We just wanted to advise all of our cattle clients that Adrenacaine is back in stock as of today. 

You can order it online as it has been re-instated on the website and you no longer need to try to work out how to pronounce the alternative, for which I think we are all very grateful . . .

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18th June 2019
2019 Inaugural TBAS conference

TB is a devastating disease for the UK cattle industry, affecting livelihoods, animal health and welfare, herd genetics and farmer wellbeing. The ‘Bovine TB Strategy Review', led by Prof. Sir Charles Godfray, highlighted the need for industry stakeholders to take greater ownership of disease control.

Come along to the inaugural TBAS conference to learn more about what can be done to reduce the risk and impact of TB on your farm. 

Date & Time: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 9am
Venue: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS.

Agenda

9.00 Registration and trade stands
10.00 Opening address Prof. Sir Charles Godfray, University of Oxford
10.20 TB in England - Where are we going? Prof. James Wood, University of Cambridge
10.50 Disease control in practice - What can we do? James Russell, British Cattle Veterinary Assoc.
11.30 Coffee break and trade stands
12.00 The role of wildlife in TB transmission Andy Robertson, University of Exeter
12.30 Building resilience into your business Sarah Tomlinson, Technical Director, TBAS
1.00 Lunch, trade stands and workshops
2.30 TB - a farmer's perspective Mark Jelley, Beef Farmer, Northants
3.00 Panel discussion
3.30 Closing remarks Prof. Sir Charles Godfray, University of Oxford
3.45 Tea and trade stands
4.30 Event closes

Tickets are priced at £100 + VAT. However, farmers can attend for the discounted price of just £25 + VAT.

To book your place, please visit http://bit.ly/TBAS2019

 

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18th June 2019
Tackling TB - A collaborative approach to disease control

TB is a devastating disease for the UK cattle industry, affecting livelihoods, animal health and welfare, herd genetics and farmer wellbeing. The ‘Bovine TB Strategy Review', led by Prof. Sir Charles Godfray, highlighted the need for industry stakeholders to take greater ownership of disease control.

Come along to the inaugural TBAS conference to learn more about what can be done to reduce the risk and impact of TB on your farm. 

Date & Time: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 9am
Venue: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS.

Agenda

9.00 Registration and trade stands
10.00 Opening address Prof. Sir Charles Godfray, University of Oxford
10.20 TB in England - Where are we going? Prof. James Wood, University of Cambridge
10.50 Disease control in practice - What can we do? James Russell, British Cattle Veterinary Assoc.
11.30 Coffee break and trade stands
12.00 The role of wildlife in TB transmission Andy Robertson, University of Exeter
12.30 Building resilience into your business Sarah Tomlinson, Technical Director, TBAS
1.00 Lunch, trade stands and workshops
2.30 TB - a farmer's perspective Mark Jelley, Beef Farmer, Northants
3.00 Panel discussion
3.30 Closing remarks Prof. Sir Charles Godfray, University of Oxford
3.45 Tea and trade stands
4.30 Event closes

Tickets are priced at £100 + VAT. However, farmers can attend for the discounted price of just £25 + VAT.

To book your place, please visit http://bit.ly/TBAS2019

 

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31st May 2019
Badger Vaccination in East Sussex

Vaccination gives badgers some protection against TB and so offers the potential to reduce TB in cattle. Larger-scale badger vaccination projects are already underway in Derbyshire, Cheshire and Nottinghamshire. Please come along to find out more about badger vaccination and to share your thoughts on a pioneering badger vaccination project in East Sussex.

Monday 10th June, 2019 at 7pm
The Boship Hotel, Lower Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 4AT

6.30pm Registration, tea and coffee

7.00pm TB in East Sussex - what's going on and what role do badgers play?
APHA speaker

7.15pm Badger vaccination - all you need to know
Dr Andy Robertson, University of Exeter

8.00pm Badger vaccination in East Sussex - the story so far
Daryl Farmer, Sussex Wildlife Trust

8.30pm Panel discussion

9.00pm Close

To book your FREE place, please call 01306 779410, or email info@tbas.org.uk

The TB Advisory Service offers FREE bespoke advice to cattle farmers in the High Risk and Edge Areas of England. Find out more at tbas.org.uk

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