COVID 19 UPDATE – We have started inviting clients back into the practice however in order to maintain social distancing we are allowing just 4 clients/visitors in, at any one time. When numbers are reached, you may be offered a pager/buzzer as an alternative and asked to wait outside. Face coverings are required and if you do not have your own, they can be purchased from us. Do let us know if you suffer from any conditions that makes you exempt from wearing one.
We kindly request only one member of the family attends, where possible and aim to get for us at the correct time for your appointment to avoid ongoing delays.
Our standard opening hours are back to normal and can be found here
DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY IF YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING CLINICAL SIGNS OF COVID-19! Thank you once again for your patience.
For the second year, RUMA (Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals) is promoting the “Colostrum Is Gold” campaign with the support of its members. It aims to reduce antibiotic use on farms by ensuring good colostrum intake. There is a strong link between good intake at birth and better health with good natural immunity. This means less disease, and less need for antibiotics, especially important as some of the most effective pneumonia drugs are now having the spotlight shone on them.
Calves: Give a first feed of 10% of bodyweight within 4 hours of birth; this should then be followed up by a further 2 litres within 12 hours of birth. A calf requires approximately 20 minutes of continuous suckling to consume enough colostrum from the cow at the first feed.
Lambs: Rule of thumb is 210–290 ml/kg body weight, so a 5kg lamb at birth needs 1 litre of colostrum in its first 24 hours of life, but importantly, the first feed should be within 2 hours of birth.
If you need more information, facts, scientific papers, case studies or helpful videos and podcasts on managing colostrum better, visit www.FarmAntibiotics.org where there is a bank of useful resources and ideas.