Park Referrals Newsletter – June

Hip Reductions Available!


Teddy was a Border Collie who had worked with horses all of his life.  Unfortunately, he suffered a debilitating accident when a tailgate fell on top of him, resulting in his right hip becoming dislocated.  Closed reduction under general anaesthetic had been tried at his local vets but the stubborn hip did not want to stay in place.  He was referred to us to try to surgically stabilise the joint so that he go back to what he loved doing, working on a stud.

Several techniques are available for treatment of coxo-femoral luxation and these include Total Hip Replacement, Trans-articular Pinning, Capsular Reconstruction, and Toggle-Pin Fixation.  All of these techniques have their own pros and cons, but we have found that the use of a Tightrope implant as a type of toggling, gives us the best results for the least amount of surgery.

This results in a long-term stability of the joint, enabling it to heal in a more natural setting with a great deal less worry about implant stretching/slippage or breakage.

Twelve weeks following reduction and repair, Teddy was able to go back to working on his stud and back to a happy and fruitful life.

Chris Morris

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Annual Fertility Meeting and Awards

We are hosting our Annual Dairy Herds Fertility and Awards meeting in April.

The aims of the meeting are to bring you up to speed with

-Your herds fertility performance and how this has changed over the last 4 years

-Feedback and discussion on how the best herds are achieving optimal fertility

-New ideas and thoughts on how best to improve fertility.

-Awards for the best overall performance for fertility for all herds and high yielding herds and the coveted most improved fertility prize

- to celebrate our successes in improving fertility. See our graph of % improvement in fertility below. 80% of herds have improved their fertility in the last 4 years. Who says fertility is getting worse!fertility pvg

Venue: Holmes Park Football Club, Whetstone

Date: Wednesday April 2nd

Time: 730 for 745 prompt start

Refreshments provided


Optimising Udder Health

We are hosting a meeting at Holmes Park Football Club which will benchmark all our milk recorded farms with the aim to learn from the herds that are doing it well and how each herd can do better in terms of improving Udder health. How do you your cows get infected? How can you get ahead of the disease? How can you control infection better?


Dr James Hanks from Panlivestock Services/ Interherd will be presenting some data on the Park Vet Group herds and comparing these to 500 NMR recorded herds


Peter Orpin will be lead a discussion on new developments on udder health management and discussing how you can take simple steps to improve udder health

Amy Fawcett

Amy Fawcett, Dairy Co will discuss how you can use the Dairy Co mastitis plan as part of the tool box to control the disease

Venue: Holmes Park Football Club, Whetstone

Date: Wednesday February 19th

Time: 7-730 prompt start

Please RSVP if you want to get fed!

Meeting Sponsored by Dairy Co, MSD Animal Health, Park Vet Group


Mystery Canine Illness



You may have seen on the news reports of a mystery illness that has been affecting dogs particularly in the New Forest Area. Firstly, be reassured that this disease is very rare and has only been seen in isolated cases outside of the New Forest. Even for dogs that walk in the New Forest, the chances of becoming affected by the disease are very small.
The first signs of the disease are unexplained wounds or sores on the lower legs or face and these warrant bringing your dog in for examination. Left untreated, the disease can progress to affect the kidneys and be very serious so early examination by a vet is the best thing you can do for your dog.

As yet, the cause of the disease is unknown, but vets around the country are working hard to find out.

IBR tackling the disease

We hosted a meeting in November 2013 which focused on how we could use vaccines against IBR to eradicate the disease from a herd. The key points are to vaccinate the cattle before they get the disease and follow a robust vaccination program. See the attached for more detail


How to Prepare your pet for Fireworks

dog-hiding-from-fireworksIt’s that time of the year again!  Please don’t forget dogs and cats are upset by the sound of fireworks.  These tips can help to minimize distress.

1: Training and Behaviour Modification

  • Desensitise your pet by playing recordings of trigger noises in the months leading up to the event, starting at very low volume, and gradually increasing the volume.  This approach must be done very gradually – months rather than days or weeks in advance, so the effect is very gradual.
  • Continue reading How to Prepare your pet for Fireworks

Improving your beef herd performance tips from Simon Marsh

Simon Marsh, Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams gave a fantastic presentation on how to improve your performance of your beef breeding herd by focusing on genetics, technical performance and management.

The presentation was based on work on Simon Frost’s farm where a “curve bender” top 1% Charolais EBV bull selected for low birth weights and high growth rates was used on LimX Friesan dams to produce fantastic cattle

Simon Frost PhotosThe key to the farming system relates to both the selection of the right bull which throws small calves with good growth potential combined with small milky dams.

simon Frost growth ratesThe daily live weight gain for the bulls of 1.6kgDLWG greatly exceeds top third EBLEX figures and delivers carcass weights which are more than 50% of the dam at 200 days.

Simon Frost bull finishingThe cattle are sold at weaning to a dedicated finishing unit which aims to fatten the bulls at 14 months weighing in more than 770kg!

Frost bull growth ratesThe golden rules of the farming system are based on following simple methods, attention to detail and use of best knowledge and science.

Marsh conclusionsWe plan to visit Simon Frosts farm on May 29th. Please contact the farm team to see if any places are left as numbers are limited.

To access the full presentation visit the farm meeting archive.

Many thanks to Zoetis( formerly Pfizer) for the financial support to facilitate these events


New developments in Dairy Cow feeding



The meeting starts at 730 for 8pm start at the Holmes Park Football club.

Tuesday August 13th

James is a specialist vet who has achieved a Diploma in Cattle Health and Production and is also a director of Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy.

We will be covering new developments in feed monitoring, blood testing and the Kexxtone bolus. All dairy farmers welcome.

This meeting is kindly sponsored by Dairy Co

Date: JULY 2013


Speaker: James Husband MRCVS

Annual Fertility Awards and Review February 27th

Every year we review the performance of our dairy herds and compare their data anonymously using football clubs as aliases!.

This year the best herd fertility award for higher yielding herds was won by Wyn, Steve and Hilary Pierce of Foston Lodge Farm

Moulton College achieved the most improved herd

Geoff and John Carter, Kilby Grange won the best overall fertility with a 60% 100 day in calf rate.

62% of the Park Vet Group herds were better than the national median for NMR recorded herds for their 100 day in calf rate! This is quite an achievement in a very difficult year with wet weather and Schmallenberg


100 day in calf rates Park Vet Group



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