All the farm team are involved in 100% farm animal work so there is a great deal of sheep experience in the practice.
Chris Parker (one of the senior partners) has lectured to the local sheep society for the last 10 -15 years. The practice also runs sheep smallholder weekends and practical lambing-courses throughout the year.
Having the large in-house laboratory available means that faecal samples can be rapidly analysed for worms, fluke and coccidia.
Flock advisory work including control of flock problems, lameness, abortion, ill-thrift in lambs etc
These visits usually entail the sampling of several ewes to try to ascertain a ‘flock picture’ of the diseases circulating. Such sampling visits can then form the basis of a flock health plan. Unusual cases may be referred onto Gayle Hallowell for extra attention and more detailed diagnosis. Sheep with lambing difficulties may require a caesarean section which if carried out at an early stage has a good prognosis for both ewe and lamb.
Flock Health Plans
These plans can cover all aspects of sheep husbandry including breeding, lameness, nutrition, worming and vaccination and will be designed to increase production, improve welfare and be cost effective. Our close association with Nottingham University and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) allows us to also offer specialist advice and post-mortem examination.
Ewe Blood Sampling Schemes
This subsidised scheme has been set up to allow us to investigate disappointing lambing percentages.
It involves taking blood samples from 6-8 barren/aborted ewes shortly after lambing and allows us to test for the two major causes of abortion in sheep; Chlamydophila abortus (the cause of enzootic abortion in sheep) and Toxoplasma.
Selected mineral levels can be measured at the same time if required. With these results we can advise you on appropriate vaccination schemes and control measures with the aim of preventing similar losses the following year. The abortion test results should always be discussed in detail with the veterinary surgeon as there are human health implications to some infections while other blood results may indicate a historic infection rather than present status.