Posts Categorized: News

Introducing Francis Sabbe, Practice Principal at Westpoint Louth

We are excited to introduce Francis Sabbe and welcome him to our Westpoint practice in Louth as the new Practice Principal. Francis has over 30 years’ experience in farm medicine and is extremely well respected by his clients in his previous role as Senior vet/Clinical Director of farm animals in a large practice in Norfolk…. Read more »

Have you got your FREE Westpoint sunglasses yet?!

To take part in our summer competition find our stand to pick up a free pair of sunglasses – all our shows are listed on our Events page. Simply take a selfie in your sunnies and tag us on Facebook or Twitter using #WestpointSummerSelfie You could be in with a chance of winning £200 to spend… Read more »

What does IBR look like on my farm?

Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis – IBR – is a herpes virus that can cause respiratory disease in cattle of all ages or reproductive disease in breeding females. It is caused by Bovine Herpes Virus 1 – BHV 1 – and has a worldwide distribution. Initially the virus was recognised as causing severe upper respiratory tract disease… Read more »

5 Steps to a Successful Unpacking Season

Some may have started unpacking already, while others are waiting until later this summer, but all of us are looking forward to having lots of healthy, happy cria bounding around the fields again. Unpacking, though exciting, can be a little (or a lot!) tiring, and seems to come around quickly each year, so in this… Read more »

Fly Strike Warning

We have been seeing a steep rise in the number of flystrike cases over the past week. Green, blue and blackbottle flies are very quick to attack and deposit eggs on fleece and hair. Wet, scour-stained fleeces/fur is particularly attractive, as well as wounds or cuts, but these flies are not picky and can attack… Read more »

Nematodirus Alert

The SCOPS forecast is currently showing large areas of the UK as having a high or very high risk for Nematodirus in young lambs. Is your flock at risk of infection and what can you do to prevent adverse effects in your lambs? What is Nematodirus? Nematodirus battus is a roundworm that causes death and… Read more »

Made your bed? Now lie in it!

The dairy industry has seen a near complete shift from loose houses to cubicles for housing milking cows, and often for good reasons. Cubicles present a simple opportunity to increase the capacity of a cubicle house in a similar way to a dorm room in a Youth Hostel. When looking at how cows choose to… Read more »

Tackling Lameness in Sheep with the Five-Point Plan

Tackling lameness in sheep has become a real priority in recent times and much research has been undertaken to determine the most effective ways to control and prevent it. Its importance within the industry has been highlighted by The Farm Animal Welfare Council, who have set a target to reduce the number of sheep treated,… Read more »

Preparing for the birthing season: Plasma

The role and importance of colostrum Cria have no antibodies to disease at birth, and are therefore unable to fight infection. Without good quality colostrum to supply these antibodies, the cria is unlikely to survive challenges to its immune system. Colostrum is the first milk a mother produces; it contains the antibodies and nutrients the… Read more »

How much lameness can, or should we tolerate in a dairy cows?

I ask this as an open question, not because I know the answer or feel there really is an answer but to stimulate a thought process.  What is our industry stance on lameness? Various figures have been suggested, ranging from 15-30% but all of these studies are historic and all vary as to whether we… Read more »