Chris Gregory BVSc MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets
As we head into Spring, we are approaching perhaps the busiest time of year for our veterinary team as the peak lambing and calving season gets underway.
Our team are on hand to provide any assistance required during birthing as well as for emergencies and would encourage anyone who has animals that get into difficulty to call their practice. As essential workers your local vet can still be on site to help your livestock, whilst remaining socially distant from you and your team to protect you from any COVID risks.
In February, the veterinary team held an online meeting for our Beef Suckler Group discussing bull breeding and soundness. The main focus of the meeting was to start planning ahead for the next breeding season which is due to start in the middle of May. It is best practice to give yourself 8 – 10 weeks to prepare for the breeding season, as this will allow you time to test your bulls for infectious disease, inspect and trim feet, check fertility outputs and ensure they have good body condition. This amount of time should allow for a natural recovery period, treatment where necessary or for selection of new stock.
We have been really pleased with the attendance at our online webinars, and the team have planned a further Beef Suckler Group meeting in May to discuss parasites in suckler youngstock and adults, as well as a further meeting in July on mineral intake and deficiencies.
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