Beef Herd Health Plans
The vast majority of dairy farms have a Herd Health Plan in one form or another. But are they used as they are intended? The answer from several studies is an emphatic no, and the vast majority of farmers do not see any financial benefit to having such a plan.
At Scarsdale Vets, Herd Health Planning does not mean complicated and costly plans that are tucked away until the next audit visit. They are a dynamic process involving the veterinary surgeon, specialist consultants and most importantly those people looking after the stock. Each plan is unique to the farm in question; there is no “one cap fits all”. It is all about measuring, managing and monitoring, and reacting quickly if any part of the plan begins to go off target. Herd Health Plans are about having a strategy in place into which everyone involved has signed up.
We now also offer an online herd health planning system which is run through the SAC (Scottish Agricultural College). This is an online system into which you can add all of your production data e.g. calving data, service data, calf and finishing weights, disease incidence, vaccination reminders etc. We as vets can access the programme from our end to enable us to gain a highly detailed view of your farm, allowing us to pinpoint areas of improvement. Any reports that we write or test results that we receive can also be added to this programme allowing you to access them 24 hours a day. For more information about this system please speak to any of the farm team who will be able to advise you further. This is ideal when used in conjunction with the Scarsdale Premium Beef Contract.
How do I find out what diseases my herd has?
Subsidised blood sampling can be carried out annually at your routine TB test to assess the disease pattern on your farm including BVD, IBR and Leptospirosis. Following a change in the disease pattern on farm, we can react quickly to implement the correct procedure to control emerging diseases.