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Frame, Swift and Partners
The Veterinary Centre, Carleton, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 8TZ
T: 01768 862454
F: 01768 867163
Delivering excellence in veterinary care throughout Cumbria
Farm Animal > Heard and Flock Health
Herd Health Plans - Herd Health Plans (HHP) are a vital part of modern farming. Farms have a requirement to have a written herd or flock health plan in place for a variety of farm assurance schemes. Vet input is not normally compulsory but does have many advantages. We use the BCVA (British Cattle Veterinary Association) template for dairy and beef farms. A written plan is just part of the story. A plan on the shelf in the farm office opened once a year is not the way to get the best use of your HHP! A good plan that is up and running will genuinely prevent disease and improve the efficiency and profitability of your unit.

Healthy spring lambs A Holstein heifer under anaesthetic to repair a hernia Cumbrian farmland Surviving the snow

Reproductive and Breeding Services - A major part of our work on cattle farms is spent on fertility management . A calf every year for suckler herds and a calving interval as near to every 365 days as possible for dairy herds is the aim. Profitability depends on getting as close as possible to these targets. We encourage regular routine fertility visits for our farm clients - weekly for the biggest herds (>400 cows), fortnightly for mid-sized herds (100-400 cows) and monthly for herds of less than 100 cows. Suckler herds as a minimum should have their cows PD'd. Prompt detection of cows not in calf can dramatically reduce costs of maintaining barren animals.

On routine visits cows are seen for pregnancy diagnosis (ultrasound or manual depending on the stage), if not seen bulling and for other reproductive conditions such as endometritis ("whites"). Routine visits can also be used as a time to address other health issues on the farm. Records can be analysed and confidentially "bench-marked" against other herds locally and nationally to see how they are doing compared to similar farms. It is also a time when other issues, such as nutrition, can be discussed. There is a huge volume of information in terms of feed analysis, milk production and fertility records that we can work through with you to identify any area that needs attention.

Bull and tup semen testing - The practice has electroejaculators for both bulls and tups. These devices are used to obtain a semen sample that is then immediately examined under a microscope to assess the quality and potential breeding value of the semen. It is routinely used prior to breeding season to ensure no time is lost by using sub-fertile bulls or tups and also in the investigation of poor conception rates. We usually perform tup semen testing at the practice and bull testing on farm.

Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer – The practice maintains close links with sheep specialists in AI and surgical embryo transfer. The practice can also advise on AI and ET programmes for cattle. Please contact us for more details.

Tup and Bull Vasectomy - Performing a vasectomy operation creates a "teaser" tup or bull that can then be used to assist synchronising oestrous periods or to create a more compact breeding season. It is usually a straightforward procedure that is done under sedation and local anaesthetic. As with semen testing, tups are usually operated on at the surgery and bulls are done on farm.