Farm Services

We provide a complete range of services for farmers across West Dorset. Find out more about what we offer below.

Herd & Flock Management

Dairy Herds

Our role as vets in herd management is part of our routine dairy fertility work and takes account of particular issues with sick cows that the herd may be encountering.  Routine visits enable us to appreciate changes in the fertility of the herd as a whole.  A sudden deterioration in the herd’s fertility will provoke further examination of the herd and production records to determine the cause.  Usually sudden deteriorations are related to changes in herd feeding or management (often effectively the same thing), but sometimes there are infectious causes.  Infectious causes may cause other physical signs, but often this is not the case and detection of changes in the prevalence of a particular infection requires monitoring of antibodies on a regular basis.   Increasingly this can be done most conveniently in milking herds by measuring antibody levels in bulk milk tanks.  Basically it’s a monitoring exercise.

Interherd + is the software program offered by NMR that both we as the vets and the farmer can use to analyse data & produce management reports to improve herd health.

For further info, look at: http://www.nmr.co.uk/interherd+/

Beef

We now offer the Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS) Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS), operated by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC). This scheme enables you to test your herd for 4 major infectious diseases IBR (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis), BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea), Johne’s disease & Leptospirosis, at a subsidised cost. Knowing your herd’s status allows us to help you reduce & eliminate disease by setting up control measures and ultimately achieve a herd-free status. This enables you to improve herd performance & production & achieve herd disease-free accreditation.

For further info, look at www.cattlehealth.co.uk

Fertility visits

Experienced cattle vets carry out our regular routine visits at intervals to suit the client. Seven out of our eight vet team provides farm animal services and we have over 90 years of cattle fertility experience.  (Admittedly it’s not evenly shared out).  We and our clients appreciate continuity of care – they do see the same vet for the vast majority of their routine visits.

We have a great team of qualified, registered Veterinary Nurses to assist us with farm work when necessary.

Mastitis Control Plan

Jon Diment has been trained in the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan.

The DMCP is a comprehensive systematic approach to identifying and monitoring the sources of mastitis infections in dairy cow herds.  It considers the whole management of the herd and it’s environment, and will help identify the priorities in mastitis control.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Mimi Machin at Bredy Vet Centre, Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4pm, on 01308 456771. Alternatively, please speak to one of our vets.