"Keep One Step Ahead" is the UK’s first collaborative foot care campaign aimed to bring together the farrier and vet to work as a team to help horse owners keep their horses’ sound.
XLEquine (of which we are a member practice) have worked closely with World Horse Welfare who is partnering this new initiative. The aim of the campaign is to promote close... collaboration between vets, farriers and owners so that the horses in our care receive the best treatment. Although individually vets, farriers and horse owners each have a significant role in hoof healthcare, working together this becomes much stronger.
To view an online booklet click here to provide you with more information on the causes of foot lameness and how to prevent them. For a hard copy please ring the Farm and Equine reception (02476 381494) to place a free order.
We are delighted to welcome new member of staff Lauri Haywood to the practice who joined us recently to take up a position as farm receptionist.
Lauri will join Sheila and Debbie as a regular face and voice in the farm office. Whilst there are lots of new drug names to cope with, Lauri is a fast learner and has settled in very well to her new role.
Lauri joins us having taken time out recently to have her son but is used to answering the phones having previously worked as an emergency call handler with the National Grid.
A reminder that as part of our client web services, and following the great reception given to our small animal facebook page, we have a practice equine facebook page. Feel free to visit us at the link above.
We will be updating with news and information from the practice as the site grows, so check back soon.
Hopefully all our sheep clients will have received a copy of our Sheep Club newsletter.
Produced by farm vet Hannah this is the first of a new series of newsletters aimed specifically at our ovine clients with timely reminders and suggestions to make the most economic desicions possible.
Click on the link opposite for a downloadable version of the newsletter.
The practice is all the poorer for having lost one of it's most 'interesting' personalities earlier this year as our equine mixed vet Jack Day moved on to pastures new.
Jack joined the practice in 2015 after graduating and would be known to many of our equine clients having been heavily involved in that side of the practice including our laminitis evenings and dealing with our Equine facebook page as well as his heay commitment to our social calendar.
Jack moves on to a new job to persue his equine interests takin on his equine internship and we would like to say thank you and wish him well.
Jack's replacement is already in the pipeline and we will be introducing details of them soon.
As usual, and as in the last many years, the practice will be present at this years Ashby show, providing veterinary cover as well as having a stand on teh showground throughout proceedings.
This years show takes place on Sunday 10th of July and you can find details of the show and all of what is happening there at teh show's website here.
Feel free to come along and say Hi at our stand on the day.
Johne’s disease is a bacterial infection affecting cattle, sheep and goats, caused by Mycobacterium Avium subspecies paratuberulosis.
The infection causes intestinal thickening resulting in diarrhoea, subsequent weight loss and ultimately death. However, often the disease can exist unnoticed within a herd where culling rates are high as animals may be culled for repeated high Somatic Cell Count (SCC), repeat mastitis, poor yields, infertility or lameness long before clinical symptoms are evident. The disease causes huge production losses in herds and flocks throughout the UK.
Transmission is possible via milk, colostrum, intra uterine, and contaminated housing or pasture with faeces containing the bacteria. Animals are at their most susceptible in their first 6 months of life, with the first month contributing to the highest risk of infection (80% of cases). However the disease is not seen until the animal has reached 3-6 years of age. Management of Johnes disease is critical if this disease is present on farm.
Please contact one of the farm vets for further information with regards to testing and management of the disease.