Westpoint Farm Vets

Westpoint Farm Vets At Westpoint Farm Vets we aim to provide the highest level of farm veterinary service to keepers of farm animals You can also reach us on 01959 564383.
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We have recently joined forces with our Sevenoaks Branch, and therefore cover the Sevenoaks and Healthfield areas from our base.

🪰🪰🪰🪰🪰🪰🪰It’s that time of year when the nuisance flies really start bugging you...Well, we are buzzing about the biowasp!...
02/05/2024

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It’s that time of year when the nuisance flies really start bugging you...

Well, we are buzzing about the biowasp! (Puns totally intended)!

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If you farm cows, chickens or pigs, then this alternative to chemical pest control could be for you!

We invite you to come along and meet with a Bestico rep, who will tell you all about the various eco friendly products including the biowasp, at one of our two meetings being held.

Refreshments provided! ☕️🍰

🗓️Monday 13th May
⏰18.30 -22.00
📍Crowborough Community Centre

Or

🗓️Tuesday 14th May
⏰18.30 - 22.00
📍Dawes farm, Warnham

Call Jana to book your place:
☎️01959 564383

Looks like this year's lambing is taking its toll! This lamb needed a bit of a cuddle after its entry to the world - hel...
22/04/2024

Looks like this year's lambing is taking its toll! This lamb needed a bit of a cuddle after its entry to the world - helped along by Laura at Wi******er.

Don't forget our awesome Vet Tech team can provide services such as small ruminant foot trimming, vaccinations and paras...
18/04/2024

Don't forget our awesome Vet Tech team can provide services such as small ruminant foot trimming, vaccinations and parasite management! We can also aid consultancy services with mobility scoring, health and body condition scoring.

Our teach team present an affordable option for those needing a little extra help on farms with health and husbandry tasks. Reach out to your local branch for more details on our Vet Tech services.

DEFRA currently have a consultation open regarding the control of Bovine TB in the UK, it is highly important the voices...
17/04/2024

DEFRA currently have a consultation open regarding the control of Bovine TB in the UK, it is highly important the voices of farmers are heard so please fill in the survey if you have time, the consultation closes on the 22nd April

This site contains consultations that are run by Defra.

This ewe wasn't showing clear signs of lambing but a certain diligent shepherdess (that might have been Ashford's own Sh...
16/04/2024

This ewe wasn't showing clear signs of lambing but a certain diligent shepherdess (that might have been Ashford's own Sharminda) spotted something was up.

On examination the first lamb was full breech and after lambing this one, the second was also full breech! Both were a little stressed and had a lot of mucous to clear from their airways.

Positioning them in sternal recumbency (on their chests) like this helps them breathe easier.

We are happy to be working with Bestico UK as distributors of the biowasp. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the use ...
12/04/2024

We are happy to be working with Bestico UK as distributors of the biowasp. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the use of chemicals on your farm then give us a call. Speak to Gemma about how biowasps are the environmentaly friendly approach to getting rid of those nuisance flies!🪰

Taking her cuteness into the weekend like…..
12/04/2024

Taking her cuteness into the weekend like…..

Rainbow tests are quick and effective for on the spot results. using only a tiny sample of scour they test for Rotavirus...
12/04/2024

Rainbow tests are quick and effective for on the spot results. using only a tiny sample of scour they test for Rotavirus, Coronavirus, E.coli F5 and Cryptosporidium. If you have any concerns about scour talk to your vet or vet tech about running a rainbow test.

DON'T FORGET to apply for this round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund.There are many eligible products that ...
11/04/2024

DON'T FORGET to apply for this round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund.

There are many eligible products that can help with farm productivity and animal welfare, including handling systems, footbaths, calving gates and more.

We are more than happy to help with letters of support to strengthen our clients' applications. Just give us a shout - but be mindful of the early deadlines of the 17th April. Follow for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/farming-equipment-and-technology-fund-2024

Today Andrew caught up with these two elusive highland cattle for their routine TB test!
09/04/2024

Today Andrew caught up with these two elusive highland cattle for their routine TB test!

We think we have all of our heifer scanning needs met here: gloves, lots of l**e, and a delicious milkshake from the on-...
08/04/2024

We think we have all of our heifer scanning needs met here: gloves, lots of l**e, and a delicious milkshake from the on-farm vending machine - essential!

NEMATODIRUS FORECAST!There is currently a high risk for Nematodirus in the South East- below is a link for the Nematodir...
06/04/2024

NEMATODIRUS FORECAST!

There is currently a high risk for Nematodirus in the South East- below is a link for the Nematodirus forecast map – this assesses the risk based on temperatures from weather stations which calculates the likely hatching time of the Nematodirus larvae.

Nematodirus can cause high mortality rates in lambs grazed on risky pasture (pasture grazed by lambs the previous spring), it is a very fast disease process and you have limited time to act. High risk groups should be MOVED or TREATED with a white drench- these are highly effective against Nematodirus (however there have been some limited incidences of resistance so appropriate worming protocol should always be followed.)

Check out the SCOPS website now to view the forecast and assess the risk to your lambs:

The forecast can be used in combination with your grazing history to assess the risk of Nematodirus infection in your lambs.

This pregnant ewe was found isolated, unable to get up and teeth grinding. Quick test to check BHB level, which was 6.8!...
04/04/2024

This pregnant ewe was found isolated, unable to get up and teeth grinding. Quick test to check BHB level, which was 6.8! She was treated by Tiff at Ashford, with IV glucose, twin lamb drench and pain relief and she was up minutes!

Amazing what on farm diagnostics can do for targeted treatment.

Unpacking season is just around the corner, so make sure to book a proactive plasma drive if you are expecting cria this...
02/04/2024

Unpacking season is just around the corner, so make sure to book a proactive plasma drive if you are expecting cria this year. We process blood from your farm ourselves, in a sterile fashion to ensure the safest delivery of life saving plasma to cria when they need it most. Count this as your reminder to book in a drive at your earliest convenience.

The Government have released new rules for bird keepers. Previously you only had to register if you have 50 or more, but...
29/03/2024

The Government have released new rules for bird keepers. Previously you only had to register if you have 50 or more, but now all poultry keepers must register with APHA to protect the poultry industry from further disease outbreaks and their impact.

"By registering their birds, keepers will ensure they receive important updates relevant to them, such as on any local avian disease outbreaks and information on biosecurity rules to help protect their flocks. "

For more information, follow:

New registration requirements for bird keepers in Great Britain - all bird keepers must register their birds and update records annually.

28/03/2024

Whether you are hoping to be tucking into roast lamb and hot cross buns or gearing up to start lambing on Monday our on call vets have you covered this Easter Weekend! Our hours are as follows:

Thursday 28th March - 8.00am -5.00pm
Friday 29th March - Emergencies only
Saturday 30th March - Emergencies only
Sunday 31st March- Emergencies only
Monday 1st April- Emergencies only
Tuesday 2nd April- 8.00am-5.00 pm

Happy Easter everyone! from all of us at Westpoint Horsham & Sevenoaks 🐰🐣🐑🌞

28/03/2024

We've just edged into Spring - but what were our farm teams up to over winter? A whole lot, it seems, with 24/7 cover of farm animal emergencies, as well as proactive herd and flock care. Here's just a quarter of A Year in the Life of our farm vets and techs

Hey there, farm vets - we're hiring in Horsham! If you have any farm vet friends, feel free to pass along our advert. If...
26/03/2024

Hey there, farm vets - we're hiring in Horsham!

If you have any farm vet friends, feel free to pass along our advert. If you want any further details, or a friendly chat- don't hesitate to give us a call, DM, or email [email protected].

A reminder of our Easter office hours - please be aware we will be running an emergency only service over the Bank Holid...
25/03/2024

A reminder of our Easter office hours - please be aware we will be running an emergency only service over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Did you see Maddy's article in Farmers Guide this month? Here are some of her top tips for turnout.
22/03/2024

Did you see Maddy's article in Farmers Guide this month? Here are some of her top tips for turnout.

Making effective preparations before spring turnout, including good parasite management and nutritional analysis, can pay dividends in the long run.

Sophie at horsham is having a very busy birthing season, having helped these two into the world. As you can see from the...
20/03/2024

Sophie at horsham is having a very busy birthing season, having helped these two into the world. As you can see from the meconium staining on left lamb, intervention was definitely required! Well done Sophie.

Chelmsford's Ami Sawran has recently been recognised as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Camelid Medicine - the first pe...
18/03/2024

Chelmsford's Ami Sawran has recently been recognised as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Camelid Medicine - the first person to achieve this status! Ami heads up our Pro: Camelid consultancy team, which also includes Wi******er's Laura Gibson. Our teams are all equipped to support camelid owners with emergency care and proactive health planning, and based out of the Coalyard Clinic in Chelmsford, Ami can provide second opinion and consultancy work in collaboration with your own vets.

Turnout will be here before you know it. So, now is a good time to start thinking about pre-turnout tasks, including vac...
16/03/2024

Turnout will be here before you know it. So, now is a good time to start thinking about pre-turnout tasks, including vaccinations.

BVD - An average dairy herd would be £16,000 better off every year and an average beef unit around £2,000 better off each year after eliminating BVD

Lungworm - The cost of lungworm infection is estimated to be £50-£100 in growing beef cattle and £140 in dairy cows, with a milk drop of up to 4 litres daily.

Leptospirosis - In 2018 it was estimated that Lepto can cost some herds nearly £270 per cow

Don't get caught out by calf scour - we are able to test for common pathogens, often in house, and offer supportive care...
14/03/2024

Don't get caught out by calf scour - we are able to test for common pathogens, often in house, and offer supportive care that can make all the difference to a sick calf.

We are unfortunately again seeing an increase in obstructive urolithiasis (urinary stones) - particularly in goats. It i...
12/03/2024

We are unfortunately again seeing an increase in obstructive urolithiasis (urinary stones) - particularly in goats. It is really important to monitor body condition, particularly in castrated males. We are happy to discuss dietary adjustments to reduce the risk of this developing.

Do you know how healthy your soils are? Soil is fundamental to farming through the well-being of the crops and livestock...
10/03/2024

Do you know how healthy your soils are? Soil is fundamental to farming through the well-being of the crops and livestock linked with it. Without fully understanding your soil and how to determine its health you could be losing profits.

Our Introduction to Soils course will help you understand key soil, physical, chemical and biological properties, and their role in soil health. This course will help you create better choices around how to measure and improve your soil.

To learn more head to https://bit.ly/3ovbaPz

How much do you know about the benefits of NSAIDS in mastitis therapy? We've condensed the science for you!
08/03/2024

How much do you know about the benefits of NSAIDS in mastitis therapy? We've condensed the science for you!

Wonderful to see our team's advice in farming press. Here is Maddy talking turnout for Farmers Guide.
08/03/2024

Wonderful to see our team's advice in farming press. Here is Maddy talking turnout for Farmers Guide.

Making effective preparations before spring turnout, including good parasite management and nutritional analysis, can pay dividends in the long run.

Do you know that many of our practices offer Vet Tech services such as small ruminant foot trimming, small herd/flock sc...
06/03/2024

Do you know that many of our practices offer Vet Tech services such as small ruminant foot trimming, small herd/flock scanning, vaccinations and parasite management? Our teach team present an affordable option for those needing a little extra help on farms with health and husbandry tasks.

Chelmsford New Graduate Katie had a grand morning scanning alpacas for pregnancy.  Understanding the pregnancy status of...
04/03/2024

Chelmsford New Graduate Katie had a grand morning scanning alpacas for pregnancy. Understanding the pregnancy status of your herd is so important to help you tailor nutrition to a dam and her growing cria's needs. It also prevents accidental overfeeding of females that are not pregnant. It's still a good time to scan, however this will become more challenging as pregnancy advances, so take this as a sign to book in now!

The two most common causes of abortion seen in sheep are enzootic abortion (EAE) and toxoplasmosis. This year we are unf...
02/03/2024

The two most common causes of abortion seen in sheep are enzootic abortion (EAE) and toxoplasmosis. This year we are unfortunately seeing a resurgence in Schmallenberg cases too.

The signs of Enzootic Abortion in Ewes (EAE) are:
aborted foetuses or weak lambs
a red, inflamed placenta
rusty brown discharge
and otherwise healthy ewes.

The signs of toxoplasmosis you see depend upon the stage of pregnancy:
Early Pregnancy - Barren ewes at scanning / return to the tup
Mid Pregnancy - Mummified and aborted foetuses
Late Pregnancy - Weak lambs or even normal lambs

It’s important to investigate abortions in order to help protect the rest of your flock. APHA are currently offering free testing in animals potentially affected by schmallenberg, which we can help arrange for you.

By getting heifers to calve as early in the calving block as possible you are reducing the risk of them dropping out of ...
29/02/2024

By getting heifers to calve as early in the calving block as possible you are reducing the risk of them dropping out of your block the following year. We can help with breeding decisions to enhance your herd. It helps to:

🐂Identify cows which you do not want to keep heifers from
🐂Know what traits you are wanting to achieve
🐂Keep early born heifers
🐂Select only heifers that get pregnant early
🐂Not keep heifers who are twins to a bull
🐂Evaluate records to look at growth rates and weaning size
🐂Use EBVs (Estimated breeding values) if you have them to select traits desirable to you
🐂Look at reproductive tract scores and pelvic measurements
🐂Consider if breeding your own replacements is the right thing for your farm

If you would like to discuss your selection policy or are interested in finding out more about beef heifer management please contact us.

Pictured is Chelmsford's Mia with one of her lovely herd.

Check out this absolute unit that Horsham's Sophie calved successfully!
27/02/2024

Check out this absolute unit that Horsham's Sophie calved successfully!

Last call for votes - it only takes a minute to give our excellent clients the recognition they deserve!
26/02/2024

Last call for votes - it only takes a minute to give our excellent clients the recognition they deserve!

**VOTE FOR CARTERS LODGE***

We are absolutely thrilled that one of our clients, Carters Lodge Dairy, has been shortlisted for VetPartners Sustainable Dairy Farmer of the Year.

Nominated by vet Matt Dobbs, from Westpoint Farm Vets in Horsham, he has this to say of the farm:

"The farm operates a 6 week whole herd block calving system with conception rates of 65%.

This is a farm that gives amazing attention to detail. In addition to having low stress, happy cows, they have reduced antibiotic use, FEC routinely and have reduced worming treatments on youngstock.

They are a team who prove that teamwork, planning and organisation and 'doing things right' yields results.

They are strong advocates of health planning with regular vet visits taking place in the breeding season and planning meetings at the start of the season.

We wish farm manager Matt Penny and owner Oliver Grant the best of luck! To vote for them, follow: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y3WK8LJ

Don't forget to vaccinate for lungworm! Give us a call to discuss or order your vaccine ahead of turnout to give your st...
26/02/2024

Don't forget to vaccinate for lungworm! Give us a call to discuss or order your vaccine ahead of turnout to give your stock maximum available protection.

In a statement from the British Veterinary Camelid Society, camelid vets have outlined the legalities of husbandry proce...
23/02/2024

In a statement from the British Veterinary Camelid Society, camelid vets have outlined the legalities of husbandry procedures performed by laypersons including shearers.

This is important information to note when booking in shearers, or when performing husbandry duties for other owners. We are happy to help with procedures that require veterinary intervention, and can also provide technical services when you need.

It may be useful to align a vet visit with your shearer if you have concerns over the the dental health of any of your animals, as we can work together to resolve them with safe restraint.

🦙 Alternatively we can offer dental care in our facility in Chelmsford - The Coalyard Clinic.

Legal Status of Procedures Undertaken by Laypersons - A BVCS statement reminding keepers on the legal status of procedures undertaken by laypersons, including medication administration and teeth modification.

Don't forget to reserve your spot at the NFU Online and TB Advisory Service meeting to support all of our clients on iss...
06/04/2023

Don't forget to reserve your spot at the NFU Online and TB Advisory Service meeting to support all of our clients on issues surrounding TB in the Low Risk Area.

The meeting will be on 10th May at 1pm at the NFU Mutual Offices in Horsham. Please see below for registration details.

Maintaining a reliable, sustainable service while reducing our CO2 emissions? Don't mind if we do. 🐑🐖🐄🐂🐐Starting April, ...
31/03/2023

Maintaining a reliable, sustainable service while reducing our CO2 emissions? Don't mind if we do.

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Starting April, we will be offering discounted routine zone visits to our clients. Take a look at our timetable and see where your holding sits to benefit from this.

Westpoint Horsham/Sevenoaks are hosting a FREE meeting for Farmers to discuss not just infectious diseases and how to tr...
08/07/2022

Westpoint Horsham/Sevenoaks are hosting a FREE meeting for Farmers to discuss not just infectious diseases and how to treat them, but ways of how to ongoingly and cost effectively prevent them.

The subjects to be covered are: -

💸Costs are going up. Let's get the losses down! Animal Diseases cost the UK economy £15 Billion in the last decade.
🦠Simplifying the principles of controlling infectious disease.
🚫Getting free, staying free, or reducing impact.
🐂Balancing cost, welfare, performance and practicality. Exclusive offer for some free vet time to look at your needs! An opportunity to find out how Westpoint Farm Vets can help you with this.
🐮An Introduction to the TB Advisory Service, and why its important for all risk areas, and all unit types.

The speakers will be: -
Ian Roper MRCVS - Westpoint Farm Vets, Senior Clinical Director
Holly Shearman - TBAS Project Manager and local farmer

Date: Monday 11th July
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Westpoint Farm Vets, Dawes Farm, Bognor Road, Warnham, West Sussex, RH12 3SH
Please call the practice on 01306 628 086 to book or email [email protected]
Light Refreshments Provided.

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Bognor Road
Horsham
RH123ZG

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

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