Breeding Advice and Genomics
Dairy farmers: Have you ever considered using your vet for breeding advice? How do you know that the bull selections and heifers you keep in the herd are meeting with your breeding objectives? Most importantly do these objectives match the health and production requirements for YOUR farm.
Many dairy farmers are used to using genomic tested bulls. However, the same test can be performed on your own heifers. This allows us to reliably detect what genes they have inherited, check their parentage and predict their future performance. Using this information heifers can be ranked with the best kept for future breeding or even embryo production.
Your Vet is in an ideal position to provide this breeding advice, impartially, to provide you with a powerful tool to improve the genetic performance of you herd into the future.
As a new service to Academy Vets, Ian McDonald is a now a trained Clarifide provider.
Please see https://www.zoetis.co.uk/clarifide/home.aspx for more details.
As of 31st October all dairy farms are required to have a Johnes risk assessment and written Johne’s Plan as part of the National Johnes Management Plan. This needs to be updated on an annual basis. Our team of BCVA Accredited Johne's advisers will be able to assist you to fulfill these requirements.
We have several mobile ultrasound scanners for accurate pregnancy diagnosis and fertility work. We can not only diagnose pregnancy, but also offer a wide range of modern fertility treatments and synchrnoisation programmes to get your cows back in calf quickly. We offer thorough investigation of any herd fertility problems.
Herd health planning to conform to Red Tractor standards and consultancy to improve your on-farm disease control and productivity.
We use My Healthy Herd an online tool that allows cattle farmers and vets to work together in the implementation of successful herd health management programs promoting better health and improved profitability
Young Stock Club
Young Stock Club is a progressive service to improve calf and heifer health and performance. After the cost of feeding, young stock rearing represents the second largest variable expense to the dairy farmer after feed costs.
Targeting an average age at first calving of 24 months is key to ensure healthy, productive and long living dairy heifers. The secret to achieving this is to address all areas involved in calf rearing, from birth to calving, from growth and disease to housing and nutrition. For those of you already doing a routine fertility visit this represents an ideal add on to the end of your visit. Time charged will stop when the cows are dealt with and the calves will be routinely inspected. Remember the catchphrase ‘Stop the Clock – Look at the Young Stock’!
What’s included? For £55 + VAT a month (average herd):
If you are interested in joining Young Stock Club please speak to Ian McDonald.
Flock Health Club
The Flock Health Club meets quarterly to discuss relevant topics and share performance data. The aim is to develop a more pro-active approach to sheep health and therefore improve flock productivity. Club members also receive a free veterinary visit per year as well as discounts on disease investigations such as blood sampling and postmortems. Monthly subscription cost £15. If you are interested in joining please call the surgery and speak to Carol.
We have experienced vets who can offer accurate fertility testing of bulls or tups. Though true infertility is rare, more than 1 in 5 bulls in the UK are sub-fertile. Sub-fertile bulls and tups drain profits by extending calving/lambing periods and increasing non-pregnant culls. We have electro-ejaculator equipment which is a quick, safe method of collecting semen. A heated microscope allow rapid on farm feedback with further examination at our in house lab allowing results within 24 hours.
We have two vets fully trained to deliver the AHDB mastitis control plan (MCP). The AHDB MCP is a proven, structured, evidence-based, nationwide approach to mastitis prevention and control in dairy cattle. So be it an increase in clinical cases, somatic cell count or simply a case of 'fine tuning' your mastitis control we can help you reduce the impact of this costly disease. For further information please click here, or speak to Alistair McClelland or Rebecca McDonald.
All veterinary medicines are available during normal surgery opening hours and by prior arrangement outwith these times. We recieve daily deliveries to ensure we have sufficient stock to meet your needs. By prior arrangement and when we are in your area drugs can be delivered FREE to your door.
We have two in house Mobility Mentors that offer the AHDB dairy Healthy Feet Programme (DHFP). The DHFP aims to help dairy farmers reduce the number of lame cows on their farms by identifying and applying the right management techniques. One part of this is mobility scoring which is being requested by milk producers as part of health planning and may soon become compulsory. Please contact Alistair McClelland or Ian McDonald for further information
Academy Vet Centre
6 Academy Street
Tel.: 01776 703131
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Academy Vet Centre
6-8 Queen Street
Tel.: 01671 404951
Please note all out of hours consultations will be seen at our Stranraer branch.
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