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Under new rules, sending ANY inconclusive reactors (IRs) disclosed at a TB test, to slaughter, PRIOR to their retest, is likely to result in DEFRA requiring a whole herd TB test; a so-called ‘check test’.  This is still the case, even if permission from APHA/DEFRA has been obtained to send the IR(s) to slaughter.

In addition, if an IR is an involuntary cull prior to being re-tested, for example if an IR has to be sent to SeCanim, it is likely that a check test will also be actioned by APHA.

Please be aware of the implications surrounding culling of IRs as you await their retest.  This will not be the case if your herd is already subject to another whole herd test e.g. because you also had reactors at the previous test.

SenseHub Livestock Monitoring Technology Farm Meeting

Join us to find out how to improve your herd health and profitability!


Come along and experience an open day with a difference at Causeway Farm, on Wednesday 23rd March from 11am.

With speakers from Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Semex and Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic, we’ll explore:

  • SenseHub technology, its performance and benefits
  • Genetics usage and breeding immunity into your herd
  • The role of a veterinary care provider in monitoring cow health and fertility

Address: Causeway Farm, Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9PX

Wednesday 23rd March 2022 @ 11am

Attendance is permitted by registration only. To register for the event, please visit

Client Drinks


Unfortunately we have decided to postpone our client drinks on the 12th and 26th January. With the rise in Covid-19 cases, we think it is important to keep yourselves and our staff safe. We will look to rearrange this in the following months and will keep you all updated.

Manston Road Open

Good news for anyone travelling to our Sturminster Newton branch via Manston (main road from Shaftesbury), the road works have now been removed and full access to the town is possible once again.

Calf Jackets by Katie Harrower

Why are calf jackets useful? 

Calf jackets are an aid to help reduce the effects of cold stress on young calves. Cold stress occurs when the environmental temperature that the calf is exposed to is below their Lower Critical Temperature. This means that below this temperature a calf will be using energy for keeping warm which results in reduced growth rates and reduced energy available for immune function making them more susceptible to calfhood disease also.

A calf under 4 weeks of age has a lower critical temperature of 10°C (50°F), therefore the calves that benefit most from the use of jackets are those under 4 weeks of age.

From 4 weeks of age until weaning a calf is more resilient to cold stress and generally will not experience it unless temperatures drop below 2°C (28°F).

We can combat cold stress by reducing body heat loss in cold temperatures through use of calf jackets and/or increasing feed rate to compensate for energy loss.


Read more… Calf Jackets Flyer

Avian Influenza

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3 November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza. For more information see GOV.​UK:, GOV.SCOT: and GOV.WALES:

cow's udder

Udder Health Survey – Help us help you!

Take part in the Udder Health Survey to help us better understand your approach to udder health management:

  • With your help we can work with you to develop a tailored plan to address your needs.
  • Remember to name us as your vet practice before hitting submit so we can see your responses
  • For every survey submitted a donation will be made to the Farming Community Network.

The Farming Community Network support farmers and members of the farming community in times of difficulty. Whether the issue is personal or business-related, FCN can support you via their confidential e-helpline [email protected], or national telephone helpline (03000 111 999) which is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm. Their volunteers provide free, confidential and practical support to anyone who seeks help, find out more here: