Livestock Matters - Winter 2018

Livestock Matters Winter 2018 Welcome to the Winter issue of Livestock Matters 02 the editor Gemma Allison XLVets XLVets Member Practices 1 Northvet Veterinary Group 2 Donald S McGregor and Partners 3 Thrums Veterinary Group 4 Clyde Veterinary Group 5 Armour Veterinary Group 6 Dunmuir Veterinary Group 7 Scott Mitchell Associates 8 Capontree Veterinary Centre 9 Paragon Veterinary Group 10 Millcroft Veterinary Group 11 Parklands Veterinary Group 12 Westmorland Veterinary Group 13 Kingsway Veterinary Group 14 Bishopton Veterinary Group 15 Wright & Morten 16 Lambert, Leonard & May 17 Scarsdale Veterinary Group 18 Farm Vet Solutions 19 Cain Veterinary Centre 20 Midshire Veterinary Group 21 Shropshire Farm Vets 22 608 Farm & Equine 23 Belmont Vets 24 Tyndale Vets 25 ProStock Vets 26 Allen and Partners 27 Fenton Vets 28 Farm First Veterinary Services 29 Hook Norton Veterinary Group 30 Larkmead Veterinary Group 31 Drove Vets 32 Cliffe Veterinary Group 33 Shepton Veterinary Group 34 Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic 35 Synergy Farm Health 36 St Boniface Veterinary Clinic 37 Torch Farm & Equine 38 Calweton Veterinary Group 39 Kernow Veterinary Group 40 Rosevean Veterinary Practice 41 Mount Vets 42 Black Sheep Farm Health Livestock Matters is published by: XLVet UK Ltd Tel: (01228) 711788 *This publication is supplied free of charge to farm clients of XLVets member practices. © XLVet UK Ltd No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the publisher. Disclaimer: XLVets does not necessarily share the views of contributors. No responsibility can be accepted for opinions expressed by contributors, or claims made by advertisers within this publication.  Winter is here, 2018 is drawing to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Some highlights from this issue include our lambing focus which aims to prepare you for a successful lambing. Vets Ken Wilson, DS McGregor and Laura Sloan, Millcroft Vets give some practical advice on maximising lamb survival rates and ways to reduce antibiotic usage. We also look at key success factors for calf rearing, vet Richard Davies, Fenton Vets discusses with farmer Chris James the importance of good preparation, written protocols, and a proactive approach to preventing disease outbreaks. Is it time to take another look at mastitis control on your farm? Synergy Farm Health vet Rachel Hayton and Westmorland Vets, Andrew Crutchley explain why farmers need to be regularly reviewing the success of their mastitis control strategies, and accept that treatment protocols may need revising every so often. We hope you enjoy this issue of Livestock Matters. 18