Livestock

Bishops Castle Vets pride themselves in providing an extensive and current farm animal service. We serve a large number of cattle and sheep farmers, as well as smallholders, and aim to provide an excellent service at all times.

Farming is very much an integral part of the rural life in this area and we appreciate the importance of farm productivity and animal health and welfare. Our farm vets have a wealth of experience in the field and regularly keep up to date with the latest techniques and information.

We understand that nutrition, fertility, youngstock health, preventative parasite treatment, housing, adult health and condition, disease monitoring and vaccination are all integral and fundamental aspects of a farm’s success. We like to treat all of our farms as individuals and tailor our services appropriately to ensure that productivity and health are optimal.

Our team of vets are also interested in a range of other livestock, species including Goats, Camelids and Pigs etc. 

Sheep

We are in a very densely populated sheep area so our vets are very experienced with sheep medicine and practical procedures.

Services include:

Sheep Scab Blood Test

A new blood test is available which detects the presence of animals’ antibodies to Sheep Scab. These antibodies are picked up before sheep start to show any clinical signs of itching or wool-loss. An ideal test to use when buying in replacements or to monitor treatment and for early detection of disease before it becomes a major problem. Costs around £8.75 per sample (plus VAT) and it is recommended that a representative number of samples are taken e.g. 6 in a flock of 200. Please enquire for further information.

Cattle

Cattle are a significant part of both our day-to-day and emergency work at the practice. 

There have been significant pressures in the beef and dairy industry recently particularly with respect to antibiotic usage and preventative health care. Knowing the disease status and risk in your herd is vital to the success of productivity and animal health.