Covid-19 (Coronavirus) – an update for our clients

Dairy

Our experienced farm team provide a fully comprehensive service for dairy farmers in Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. If you’d like to discuss what our team can offer your business, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Fertility

Our team provide a range of fertility services with dairy farms in mind. These include pregnancy diagnosis, embryo transfer and post calving checks. Having regular fertility visits to your herd aims to reduce the calving to conception intervals and detect early uterine infections post calving for treatment. With our portable ultrasound scanner, we can provide dairy farmers with accurate information so they can manage their herd more efficiently. We also offer bull breeding examinations before the season and pre-purchase, ensuring the bull is up to the job you require of him!

Mastitis and Cell Counts

Towcester Farm Vets are proud to offer our dairy farmers the Dairy Co Mastitis Control Plan. This plan looks at the environment, parlour routine and housing of your cows. We can also perform parlour assessments, teat scoring and milk bacteriology to help aid treatment of individual/herd health problems.

Our vets will also make use of the TotalVet and Herd Companion programmes to use milk recording data to help identify sub-clinical health issues.

Lameness and Cow Comfort

In addition to treating individual lame cows, our vets can also offer advice on herd lameness problems. These may be related to the herd environment, so we will often use cow comfort scoring to monitor this. All our vets are trained in the Dutch 5-step foot trimming technique, which helps to re-balance and apply a curative approach to foot lesions.

Herd Health Management

We can help monitor and control disease on farm through the use of milk tests, blood sampling and nutritional assessments. We encourage a proactive approach to disease control and offer competitively priced vaccine programmes, tailored to your herd.

The practice is a proud supporter of BVDFree and was named BVDFree Vet Practice of the Year in 2017. We also have a number of BCVA Accredited Johne’s Veterinary Advisors to enable us to help farms comply with the National Johne’s Management Plan. TB is an important infectious disease that can have a huge impact on cattle farms and all out vets are available to offer advice and support to help farms become more resilient in the face of this disease.

Should disease outbreaks occur, we have excellent post mortem provision available through regional laboratories or at the surgery.

Herd Planning

Herd and flock plans are an important part of our job at Towcester Farm Vets. These plans are a chance to discuss records and review current protocols and performance on your farm. It’s also a great time to discuss goals for the business and what plans we can put in place to achieve them.

Whether this is part of the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme or as an ongoing review for the farm, health plans enable us to discuss any areas of concern and identify any changes that can be implemented to address them as well as discussing new areas of best practice according to the latest research. Our aim is always to try prevent problems wherever possible to make life easier for farmer and animals and also saving money too!

Nutrition

We can offer metabolic profiling to monitor energy levels, protein levels and mineral intake of your animals. We can then discuss the findings with the farm team, including nutritional advisors, to ensure that each area is being addressed.

Dairy Youngstock

To help protect the future of your dairy herd, we take a proactive approach with vaccinations, disease monitoring, colostrum quality checks, in-house worm egg counts, housing advice, pelvic scoring, and tailored programmes for oestrus synchronisation.

Defra Duties

All our farm vets are able to perform TB testing for statutory APHA and private pre-movement testing, as well as undertake anthrax and abortion enquiries. We can also certify dairy cows for exports.

Contact our clinic for more information on how Towcester Farm Vets can help your dairy herd – 01327 350239.

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