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Join our cattle Artificial Insemination course

Molecare Farm Vets will be running a three-day cattle Artificial Insemination (AI) course from Tuesday 26th – 28th July, 9am – 3pm. The course, led by our vets, teaches the skills involved in performing AI and will cover: Dairy/suckler cows’ cycles, bulling and when to serveAnatomy of a cow’s reproductive tract – the vets will conduct a […]

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Vet nutritionist joins Mole Valley Farmers to help farmers with climate change challenge

A Vet Nutritionist has joined Mole Valley Farmers in a new role specifically designed to help farmers navigate the climate change challenges ahead. Duncan Williams will assist farmers in establishing their farm’s carbon footprint, benchmark performance and provide a farm-specific roadmap to help them hit net zero targets. He’ll also look at ways to increase […]

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Government reveals financial help to improve animal welfare

Mole Valley Farmers has welcomed a government move to fund improvements to the health and welfare of livestock, including annual vet visits and grants to improve livestock conditions.  Speaking at the recent NFU annual conference, Environment Secretary George Eustice revealed details of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway – a programme of financial support for […]

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Reducing antibiotics at lambing

Our Molecare Farm Vet Stephanie Patel has been looking at how you could reduce the use of antibiotics as the lambing season gets underway. The pros and cons of antibiotic use during the busy lambing season can easily be forgotten when it’s all kicking off. As many of you know, Spectam™ has been discontinued and […]

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Dairy Bull Calf Policy Change

 Johanna Marsden BVSc MRCVS From the 1st of January 2021 Arla bought in a new policy stipulating that no animal should be slaughtered before eight weeks old. This new policy will also be included as part of the new farm assurance measures from Autumn 2021, with an expected 12-month period given to put the new […]

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Vets and Nutritionists – What is the role of a vet in relation to on farm nutrition?

 Charlotte Reid BSc BVSc MRCVS What and how a cow is fed directly affects her productivity, health, fertility and much more. Furthermore, purchased feeds are generally the single biggest cost on farm – it is therefore vital that vets work together with farmers and nutritionists to optimise our patients’ diets, and in doing so the […]

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Heifer Rearing

Andy Adler BVM&S MBA PGCert Vet Ed MRCVS Whether you calve all year round or seasonally, rearing heifers so that they calve successfully and have a healthy start to their productive life is essential to ensure good herd fertility. From an economical perspective, if the age at first calving (AFC) is 24 months, this will […]

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Making the most of data

By Andy Adler, BVM&S, MBA, PGCert Vet Ed, MRCVS Molecare Farm Vets Having recently read ‘For the Love of Soil’ by Nicole Masters, I was surprised to find so many transferable lessons for livestock management, particularly around monitoring and managing. In the book – which is focused on regenerative agriculture and soil management – Nicole […]

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