Due to the reduced staffing numbers our opening hours have changed and we are open MONDAY to FRIDAY 8am to 5pm and SATURDAYS 10am to 1pm. We continue to provide 24/7 emergency care as well as some essential care. Please be aware it may take us longer than usual to respond to queries that you send us.
Please DO NOT turn up at the practice unannounced, you MUST phone first and DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY IF YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING CLINICAL SIGNS OF COVID-19!
Further advice can be found here. We thank you for your patience.
We have all the equipment necessary to do worm faecal egg counts here at Orchard. Not only is this far cheaper than sending samples away to a lab, it also means that we can have an answer for you within the hour (staff availability permitting) allowing animals to be treated if necessary without having to be re-gathered.
Worming regimes based on regular egg count monitoring (as opposed to worming at set times of year) is a useful tool for both cattle and sheep.
Only using wormers when they’re really needed can save money on unnecessary treatments and also help to slow the problem of drug resistance developing (already a major headache
to sheep farmers, and increasingly common in cattle). Faecal egg counts can also help to show weather drug resistance is already present on your farm.
For the month of August, individual tests cost £10 +VAT and we’ll even provide the sample pots for you. Please talk to us about the most effective way to make use of this service.