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22nd November 2019
Westpoint WInchester Farmer Meetings

Westpoint Winchester are hosting not 1 but 2 meetings for you in December!

 

Cosy Calves Cut Costs! A guide to the role housing plays in preventing disease in calves.

This is a FREE meeting on Tuesday 3rd December at 11.30am - 3pm.

Venue: Snakemoor Farm, Snakemoor Lane, Durley, Southampton SO32 2BW

Speakers include Jamie Robertson, a livestock housing specialist from Livestock Management Systems Ltd and Hector, from Hipra who will be discussing pneumonia vaccines.

Livestock Injection & Medicines Course

Wednesday 18th December at 11.30ANother opportunity to attend this popular course for injecting livestock.

Venue: Westpoint Winchester, Bridgets Farm, Bridgets Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1AR

The cost of the course is £10 + VAT per person and all attendees will be awarded with a certificate on completion.

To book places at either meeting please call 01962 779593 or email sally.carpenter@westpointfarmvets.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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22nd November 2019
Westpoint King's Lynn Youngstock Meeting
Westpoint King's Lynn Youngstock Meeting

Pneumonia remains one of the biggest reasons for treatment and losses on farms rearing youngstock.

At this meeting, suitable for both beef and dairy producers, we will discuss practical solutions to minimise the impact of the disease and easy cost effective steps that can be implemented to prevent it.

Wednesday 18th December
6pm - 6.30pm start - Westpoint Farm Vets, The Old Forge, Church Lane, East Walton, PE32 1PP

Join us for a fish and chip supper (three options, order on the night) that will follow the discussion and a Christmas drink.

These meetings are free to all farmers, either Westpoint Farm Vets clients or any other farmers in the area so please feel free to tell others.

Please email KingsLynn@westpointfarmvets.co.uk or call Jackie on 01485 609031 to book your place as space is limited.

Kindly sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

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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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11th November 2019
Professional Foot Trimming Course

Westpoint are running a 2 day course to equip you wih the skills to care for cattles' feet. 

During the course you will learn about disease, aftercare and the impact of trimming incorrectly.

The course will consist of a half day on the anatomy of the cows foot and identifying lesions then the rest of the time will be practical foot trimmong focusing on the 5 step method prevention and cure. 

This is a practical hands on course and you will have the opportunity to ask questions in an open and relaxed environment.

Key skills covered

  • Create a hoof care tool kit and how to maintain it
  • Identify and deal with individual lameness problems
  • Know when to trim
  • Handle the animal when in the crush
  • Learn the correct way to block a hoof

A certificate will be provided on completion. 

Date: 2nd & 3rd December 2019

Venue: Home Farm, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QF

Cost: £300 + VAT per person*

To book your place, please call  01962 779593 

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

*A 25% deposit will be required to book your place on the course. If cancelling within 3 days of the course date, 50% of the total fee will be charged. Failure to turn up on the day without prior warning will be charged the full amount.

 

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7th November 2019
Leptavoid H 25 dose back in stock

Great news!

 After a very long delay Leptavoid H 25 dose is finally back in stock. The 10 dose pack will not be available until 2020.

We would suggest that if you are looking to order this as a primary course that you order first and second dose together. Please note that you will need to store this between 2 - 8 degrees C.

As with all of our deliveries, your order will be packed using Woolcool and ice which keeps the product within the correct temperature range for up to 72 hours and you will receive a by 12 delivery.

Leptavoid H

For the active immunization of cattle from 1 month of age against Leptospira interrogans serovar hardjo and Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar hardjo.

To reduce shedding of Leptospira interrogans serovar hardjo in urine.

To improve herd fertility when infertility is diagnosed as caused by Leptospira hardjo.

Circulating antibody is detectable 14 days following the first injection and persists for 12 months following completion of the primary course. Conjunctival challenge demonstrates 12 months cross protection against Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar hardjo (hardjo Bovis). In addition to circulating antibody response, vaccination with Leptavoid-H also stimulates cell-mediated immunity to Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar hardjo which is maintained for at least five months and responds in the event of a challenge five months post vaccination.

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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

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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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