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Westfield Farm Vets can help your dairy business

Westfield Farm Vets provide an experienced and knowledgeable service to dairy farmers across Somerset. We offer a range of dairy farm vet services; from traditional mastitis and lameness work to more advanced nutritional advice and calf rearing guidance. Westfield Farm Vets help drive your herd health and farm productivity by providing your dairy farm with highly experienced and knowledgeable dairy vet advice, designed to drive dairy herd productivity.

Dairy farm services we offer across Somerset include:

Dairy cow fertility improvement

Driving a dairy farm's productivity relies on getting cows back in calf as soon as possible. At Westfield Farm Vets all of our dairy cattle vets are highly trained and equipped so that problems are diagnosed quickly and solutions can be implemented as soon as possible, to get your dairy cows back in calf. Westfield Farm Vets recommend that all dairy clients have routine fertility checks conducted by our dairy vet, ensuring that any fertility issues are identified early. Dairy farmers can book weekly, fortnightly or four weekly visits depending on the requirements of your dairy farm.

Westfield Farm Vets dairy fertility visits can include:

  • Investigation into mastitis/cell count/fertility/lameness/nutritional issues
  • Fully mobile ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis
  • Treatment of sick/down cows
  • Investigation of non-bullers
  • Post calving checks

For more information please call our dedicated Somerset based farm vet team on 01749 673239 or email westfield@vetsomerset.co.uk

Lameness reduction & prevention

Dairy farmers tell us that alongside fertility and mastitis, lameness is one of the most costly problem faced on farm with well established estimates of around £18,000 per 100 dairy cows. Above the obvious costs of culling lame cows and veterinary treatment, even mildly lame cows suffer production losses, eat less and take longer to get back in calf. As well as treating lameness in your herd, Westfield Farm Vets can also help identify the main causes and advise you on the most effective means to reduce lameness in your dairy cows. Westfield Farm Vets proven approach to tackling lameness is to work on-farm with you and your dairy farm staff to develop simple changes to tackle lameness.

To help ensure you keep saving money, Westfield Farm Vets will regularly review lameness in your herd; helping to drive down the cost of lameness to you year on year. We advocate regular lameness mobility scoring, which involves observing the whole dairy herd walk on level ground to give the percentage of cows with impaired mobility. This gives a true picture of lameness on the farm, allowing intervention levels to be set as well as providing a base level to assess the effectiveness of lameness treatments and/or management changes.

For more information please call our dedicated Somerset based farm vet team on 01749 673239 or email westfield@vetsomerset.co.uk

Mastitis in cows and cell count reduction

Early identification of all cases of clinical mastitis is the key to preventing further outbreaks and is a key part of any mastitis control programme, ensuring maximum dairy livestock health, milk quality and dairy farm productivity.

Dairy farm productivity can be improved by managing both the incidence of clinical mastitis and controlling somatic cell counts. Udder health is vital to cow health; it has been shown that raised cell counts adversely affect milk yield as well as increasing dairy cow cull rates.

The organisms which cause mastitis in dairy cows are divided into 2 main groups; contagious and environmental mastitis. Each farm has its own mastitis profile and our first task when investigating a mastitis problem is to establish the main organisms involved.

At Westfield Farm Vets, we can help you by advising you on the most effective way to prevent mastitis and cell count problems in your dairy herd using our unique and proven Mastitis Control plan approach, by advising the most effective changes and prescribing the most effective medicines treating and preventing mastitis in your dairy herd.

For more information please call our dedicated Somerset based farm vet team on 01749 673239 or email westfield@vetsomerset.co.uk

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Bull fertility testing

At Westfield Farm Vets, we can help you by advising you on the most effective way to prevent mastitis and cell count problems in your dairy herd using our unique and proven Mastitis Control plan approach, by advising the most effective changes and prescribing the most effective medicines treating and preventing mastitis in your dairy herd.

Westfield Farm Vets provide a full bull fertility testing service utilising our own lab to produce reports within 24 hours. This service can be used when buying a new bull, before introducing an existing bull after a period of inactivity or if a problem is identified at your routine dairy fertility visit.

Dairy youngstock & calf health

Youngstock are the future of any dairy farm. Ensuring an excellent start followed by continued strong calf growth is essential. Just as we offer routine health visits for the milking herd, Westfield Farm Vets also offer calf rearing advice.

One of our dedicated dairy vets will come on farm and do a thorough assessment of all areas of calf and heifer rearing. Your young dairy calves can be sampled to check the level of colostral immunity passed on to each calf at first feed. This reflects colostrum quality and the efficiency of colostrum intakes.

In terms of disease investigation the most common conditions are calf scour and pneumonia and Westfield Farm Vets are well equipped to focus on the important disease control points: blood sampling to monitor colostrum intakes; on farm colostral quality checks; a wide range of diagnostic techniques to identify causative agents of scours and pneumonia.

All our vets have experience diagnosing and treating calf problems on farm, but we also have a keen interest in maximising the productivity of your calf rearing system. Sound youngstock rearing really does improve your farm productivity, it saves time and money, reducing calf diseases, ensures animals become productive sooner and improves the milk yield from your cows.

For more information please call our dedicated Somerset based farm vet team on 01749 673239 or email westfield@vetsomerset.co.uk

Our vets understand the local challenges in Somerset so work closely with farmers to improve herd health and productivity which helps increase dairy farm profitability. We believe that good vet advice will help you make the best decisions for your farm and herd.

Farm vets covering farms in the Mendips, Somerset including; Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Shepton Mallet, Cheddar, Wedmore, Somerset.