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Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 10:55am

Devon County Show marks the start of the show season in the South West and St Boniface Veterinary Clinic of Crediton will, for the first year, be the show’s honorary vets.

Tony Kemmish BSc BVMS GPcert(DCP) MRCVS Practice Principal says: "We are proud to be continuing the Wolfgar tradition, by providing veterinary surgeons to treat the magnificent livestock"

St Boniface Vets have been there, for farmers of Mid Devon for more than six decades. Since 2001 St Boniface Vets has...

Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 11:55am

IMPORTANT UPDATE RE NEMATODIRUS

A peak of hatching is expected this week,  Soil temperatures have increased and our area is expected to turn red in the next 7-14 days -  you need to think about taking action.

Please click the link to view the Nematodirus map 

If you would like to discuss parasite control, please call and speak to one of our vets 01363 772860 or...

Monday, 8 December 2014 - 11:54am

ST BONIFACE Vets in Crediton has expanded and Wolfgar Vets of Cheriton Bishop and Tedburn St Mary is now part of the practice.

Everyone at St Boniface Vets is delighted to welcome new staff to the team and are looking forward to getting to know new clients and their animals.

Tony Kemmish, practice principal, said: “We understand that dedicated staff underpin a good veterinary practice; traditional values and a passion for excellent patient care are fundamentals shared by all...

Monday, 9 June 2014 - 7:52pm

As many of you will know England is lagging behind the rest of Europe including Scotland and Ireland in eradicating/controlling BVD. The BVD free campaign is an industry wide campaign to reduce the level of BVD in the English cattle herd.

Since BVD can cause:

  • Increased calf scour
  • Increased pneumonia
  • Ill thrift

It's impact for anyone rearing calves or stores can be very significant.

Although it may seem that you have no control...

Monday, 9 June 2014 - 7:43pm

As many of you will know England is lagging behind the rest of Europe including Scotland and Ireland in eradicating/controlling BVD.

Since BVD can cause:

  • Ill Thrift
  • Reduced Fertility
  • Abortions
  • Sub fertility in Bulls
  • Scour and Pneumonia in calves

It's impact on farm can be very significant.

The BVD free campaign is an industry wide campaign to reduce the level of BVD in the English cattle herd.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 10:14am

Heat Detection

Getting cows in calf as quickly as possible is of great importance on a dairy farm. Conception rates are not easy to improve, but heat detection rate is. Good heat detection programmes can have a major impact on overall herd reproductive performance. While it seems obvious that cows not detected in heat will not get served and thus not get pregnant, accurate heat detection is important too, so that cows get inseminated at the right time.

Submission rates are...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 8:50am

Cow Tracks

Key Points:

  • Good tracks:
    • extend the grazing season
    • decrease lameness
    • reduce risk mastitis/cell count problems
  • Cow tracks are for cows only - keep vehicles off
  • Drainage is crucial - water destroys tracks
  • Keeping tracks in good order requires maintenance

Renovating old tracks:

Signs of Problem:

  • ...
Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 11:36am

As the weather starts to warm up, hopefully, now is the time to start thinking about preparing for turnout.
To ensure everything gets sorted, four key points should be considered:B

  • Biosecurity – Fencing, tracks, gateways and water supplies
  • Parasite control – Correct use of anthelmintics and vaccination
  • Disease control – Vaccination
  • Nutrition and Mineral Supply

Biosecurity
Good fencing obviously...

Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 10:51am

Healthy Feet Programme

Most of you are probably already aware that the 3rd round of funding from The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) has now been launched. The round will close on Friday 4 April 2014.  Unlike previous rounds, they will start processing applications as soon as they arrive. Therefore, you are strongly advised to apply as soon as you can.  Grant is paid in arrears, so successful applicants will need to purchase and install the items before claiming the...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 6:53pm

Calf Scour - Dehydration and Rehydration

Scour accounts for around 50% of all UK calf deaths and causes significant financial losses to both beef and dairy enterprises.

The age at which the calf is affected will give an idea of the likely pathogen and therefore appropriate treatment;

  • 1-3 days old is commonly bacterial in origin, therefore antibiotics may be appropriate
  • 7-14 days are more likely to be affected by viruses and/or protozoa
  • ...

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