20-22 September 2021
DEFRA-approved Certificated DIY AI Training providing dairy or suckler farm staff with the knowledge and skills to carry out this important process themselves. This three day course covers bovine anatomy and physiology and heat detection and AI timing theory. It then provides the chance to get to grips with the practical technique using uteruses and then live cows to ensure safe passage of AI guns through cervixes and into the correct part of the uterus. Cost: £450 for full course including learning material to take away. We also offer refresher options if spaces are available for the on-farm days - please contact the office if this is of interest.
Foot Trimming Course
A three-hour course, please register your interest for confirmation of date and location.
DIY Foot trimming course discussing anatomy/physiology of the bovine foot before providing the opportunity to practice routine foot trimming on a variety of feet. Cost: £100
Beef Working Group Lameness Meeting
Monday 11 October, 3.30pm at Longford Estate near Salisbury
Farm walk and talk by Dr Jay Tunstall, who has recently completed a PhD investigating causes and prevalence of lameness in beef cattle, to discuss the causes of lameness and its impact on your herd as well as options for treatment and prevention.
Annual Smallholder BBQ
Late summer, awaiting final COVID announcement!
Places on our courses are limited; please contact the practice on 01722 333291 to book your place, register your interest or if you would like to discuss a specific or tailor-made training course for your farm.
Whether you are considering adding pigs to your holding or they are already an integral part, check out our short video about pig husbandry and healthcare to help expand, update, or refresh your knowledge.
Poor growth in Lambs
Block Calving – To Estrumate or CIDR?
Six-week in-calf rate is an important marker of reproductive performance in seasonal calving dairy herds. During autumn 2019, George undertook a research project, comparing the usefulness of CIDRs for treatment of cows that had not been showing signs of heat before the beginning of the breeding season. In this presentation George discusses his results and the take-home messages from this project.
Bovine Respiratory Disease Prevention
Further to the unfortunate postponement of our meeting on Bovine Respiratory Disease that was to have been held earlier this year, Dr Ailsa Milnes from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has kindly provided us with a short narrated presentation summarising her talk with a focus on effective BRD prevention and management.
Colostrum Management in Beef Calves
Much less is known about failure of passive transfer (FPT) in beef calves than dairy calves, but the importance of colostrum is undeniable regardless of the system. Attention must be given to ensuring suckler beef calves get enough colostrum and the main areas of colostrum management (Quantity, Quality, Quickly) can still be controlled on suckler farms.
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