Torch Farm Vets newsletter – September 2020

Torch Farm Vets newsletter – September 2020

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS

We are open and looking forward to seeing you at our new Holsworthy branch.

We opened the doors to our new branch on Neet Way, Holsworthy Industrial Estate on 3rd August and would like to say a huge thank you to clients familiar and new, who have popped in to say hello. 

Despite a few usual minor teething problems, and additional pressures added by COVID-19 guideline compliance, our hard working team did an excellent job of getting the premises ready on time. We are fully up and running and looking forward to welcoming clients through the doors. We are open Mon-Fri 8:30 – 17:30 and very happy to help book appointments, dispense medicines and offer friendly help and advice. 

We have a secure collections box outside the new branch which is accessible 24 hours a day, in addition to our usual 24hrs collections boxes in Bradworthy and Bude. We are also at Holsworthy Market on Wednesday mornings at the Torch kiosk for pre-ordered medicine collections.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Unit 3 West Devon Business Units, Neet Way, Holsworthy Industrial Estate EX22 6ES or give us a call on 01409 331007 or 01288  270670

RAM TEASING & TESTING

With most farmers already weaned or weaning in the next few weeks, now is the time to plan for tupping.  

A subfertile ram can be hugely costly as he can affect the performance of all the ewes he runs with. Even if multiple rams are used in a group, an infertile dominant ram can stop the other fertile rams from working. 

A pre-breeding physical and semen assessment several weeks prior to tupping allows time for issues to be corrected or a replacement ram(s) to be sourced. 

With up to 30% of rams being subfertile is it a risk worth taking?

Teasers are very useful in flocks to tighten the lambing period and/or encourage ewes to come into season a week or two earlier than normal.  This may suit farmers that prefer to have the majority of lambs born within a short period of time when help is available. It may also mean a more uniform crop of lambs for selling. A vasectomy needs to performed at least 6 weeks prior to use therefore time is running out! 

To arrange to bring your rams in for a breeding soundness examination or a vasectomy or more information about the procedures please contact your local branch.

MEDICINES COURSES

With the current COVID-19 situation we, like many others, have stopped running our face to face farmers meetings – specifically Milksure and Mastering Medicines.

After recent enquiries about Milksure,  we plan to run an online course on Zoom. We realise this won’t suit everybody but hope that most of you who are interested/need to do the course will be able to join us. 

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday 23rd October so please contact your local branch if you would like to attend. There will be a 10% discount on our normal price.

We don’t feel the mastering medicines course lends itself at all to being done online. Please speak to us if you need to complete this course and we will try to help.

If you are interested in attending one of these meetings please contact your local branch who will add you to the waiting list. 

WORM EGG COUNTS

Thank you for all the recent faecal worm egg count samples submitted – however please avoid dropping them off at our practices on Friday afternoons or Saturdays, if at all possible! 

We want to use the freshest samples possible to give you the most accurate results and weekend pressures mean this is not always possible. We welcome samples at any other point of the week!

TORCH FARM VETS UDDER HEALTH SERVICES

Prevention is better than a cure and we have a range of Udder Health services available with the clear objective of minimising mastitis rates, optimising udder health and milk production and minimising the use of antibiotics. 

We will be running a series of Udder Health newsletter articles over the coming months providing more detail on the range of services and how they can benefit you and your herd. 

MASTDECIDE RAPID ON FARM CULTURE (OFC) 

What is Mastdecide?

This is an on farm rapid diagnostic tool to aid in decision making for mastitis therapy. 

The incubation time from sampling to obtaining a test result is 8 to 14 hours compared to other systems which are often at least 24 hours and commonly 72.

How does Mastdecide Work?

The principle is as follows:

1. Cow is found to have clots / mastitis.

2. A cow with mild (clots +/- heat in udder) mastitis receives anti-inflammatory e.g. Metacam or ketofen +/- udder mint only

3. Clean / sterile milk sample is taken 

4. Sample is placed in Mastdecide Test vials which are then put in on farm incubator

5. The Mastdecide test is ‘read’ after 12-14 hours

What are the benefits of Mastdecide?

1. Rapid result

2. Easy to read and cost effective

3. Only if both test vials turn white (gram positive), is there a definite need for antibiotic treatment 

4. Potential saving of antibiotic use in up to 50 % of clinical mastitis cases – 

5. Milk from cows that have received anti-inflammatory only can go back in the tank much sooner than if antibiotic tubes had been used

6. Less risk of reduced cure rates in cases that require antibiotic treatment (targeted therapy) 

7. Meets key industry objectives of responsible use of antibiotics.

8. Less antibiotic used = less risk of antimicrobial resistance developing

For more information, please speak with your farm’s lead vet(s).

YOUNGSTOCK NEWS

We are really excited to be able to tell you about our new and improved youngstock club. 

The aim of the Youngstock Club is to monitor the health and growth of your calves. This will help to identify issues as early as possible to maximise growth and future productivity.

Based on feedback from farms already on the scheme we have gone back to the drawing board and come up with something that we feel will work much better for you and your youngstock. 

The benefits you will receive are..

  • An assigned Vet Tech
  • 12 x Vet Tech Visits (up to 1 hour)
  • 20 x Blood Total Protein to assess colostrum intake
  • Calf weights (using weigh band)
  • A simple to use data collection form
  • A short report sent to you and your vet after each visit

Sign up is for a 12 month period with the first 12 farms receiving their first 2 visits free. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to sign up please contact your local branch and ask to speak to one of our techs.

SEVER RISK OF BLOWFLY

The NADIS blowfly forecast suggests that weather conditions in our area mean that local flocks are at severe risk of blowfly strike.

Blowfly strike is caused by female flies being active and laying eggs. At this time you should be closely monitoring and treating cases of strike. Carcasses, dirty backends, foot rot lesions and open wounds are all attractive egg laying sites. 

Prompt treatment is a necessity if it is to be successful. If one animal is struck, steps must be taken to protect the rest of the flock.

Speak to your vet for advice on prevention and treatment for your flock.

INTRANASAL VACCINE USERS:  RISPOVAL > BOVALTO RESPI SWITCH

We advise any users of Rispoval intranasal vaccine to speak to their vet or contact their local branch. 

The practice is moving towards using an alternative equivalent vaccine – Bovalto Respi i/n – and there are benefits available for those making the switch or using the intranasal vaccine for the first time. 

Speak to your vet for more information.

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