Although the veterinary input into the management of beef suckler herds and the rearing of beef animals has traditionally been less than the input into dairy herd management, it is no less important. For our beef clients we regularly attend individual animals who might be in difficulty calving or who might be sick or injured. We will also visit them to carry out routine procedures, such as synchronising cows for artificial insemination, carrying out pregnancy diagnosis or dehorning and castrating calves. In addition we also advise regular visits, usually on at least a quarterly basis, to assess the progress of the herd and to plan future management strategies to ensure economic production, a low incidence of disease and a high standard of animal welfare. At these visits we would discuss a wide range of management topics dependent on your aim for your animals. Such topics might include breeding strategy, preventative medicine programmes (including vaccination and worming regimes) and nutrition. We would regularly condition score your cows and periodically collect blood samples for laboratory analysis to assess the performance of the cows' diet, to monitor the cows' mineral status and to carry out disease surveillance. Dietary analysis can be carried out using our Rumnut and DietCheck nutrition package allowing deficiencies to be detected before they cause a problem and allowing growth rates of youngstock , heifer replacements and store animals to be predicted.
In addition to the many conventionally managed beef herds with which we are involved, we also work with several organically managed herds, which require additional expertise and advice to that required by conventional farm assurance schemes.