St Boniface Vets are providing a 2 day course in cattle foot trimming, suitable for complete beginners or those wanting a detailed refresher. 

The course will run 10.30am to 3pm on 23rd and 24th January at the surgery in Crediton with lunch provided.

Places are limited, to ensure a high quality personal delivery, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

We will also be offering a unique one-to-one follow up session, on your farm, a few weeks later to refresh elements of the course and allow you to ask further questions after trimming your own cattle again.

This is all included in the course fee of £350+VAT.
After completing the course you will be confident in the theory and practical elements of:

  • The basic functional anatomy of a cow's feet and what can go wrong causing lameness
  • Understanding hoof horn overgrowth and the need for trimming
  • The correct application of the Dutch 5 Step Method of functional and correctional trimming
  • The safe restraint of cows for trimming and appropriate use of equipment such as knives and powered trimming tools
  • Recognising the early signs of lameness and how to make effective interventions for better cure rates
  • Understand how the level of lameness in your herd can be measured and improved with Mobility Scoring
  • Recognising the common lesions affecting the foot and how to treat them
  • The correct application of foot blocks and pros/cons of what is available in the marketplace
  • The appropriate use of veterinary authorised treatments and when to call the vet for further advice

Lameness is a challenge to all cattle herds with a large economic impact, early intervention on a single sole ulcer will save £300-500 in potential lost production and culling risk.  

Investing in this course will make your herd more profitable.

Call the surgery now, to reserve your space - 01363 772860.

Please bring your own trimming equipment and clean wellies/waterproofs.

We only have a limited number of spaces available, please call the practice to guarantee your place on this hands on course - 01363 772860.

When: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 10:30am to Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 3:00pm
Species: Farm

Through February, March and April St Boniface Farm Vets are running a series of meetings addressing cattle fertility and healthy calf production. The series begins with calf rearing and the promotion of rapid growth to produce an efficient and healthy heifer. Trouw Nutrition are joining the St Boniface Farm Vets team and Harpers Feeds to present cutting edge research and practical advice that can be applied in your calf rearing programme.

The first opportunity to hear more about calf rearing will be on 5th February, in Morchard Bishop. 

The day is planned as follows:-

09.45 – 10.00          Arrival & Coffee - The London Inn, Morchard Bishop
10.00 – 10.05          Welcome
- Harpers Feeds 
10.05 – 10.45          Benefits of Optimising Heifer Rearing
- Danielle, St Boniface Vets
10.45 – 11.15          LifeStart sets Life Performance
- Georgina, Trouw Nutrition
11.15 – 12.00          Making & Maintaining a Healthy Calf
- Chris, St Boniface Vets
12.00 – 12.15          Questions & Discussion
- Harpers Feeds
12.15 – 12.45          Lunch
13.00 – 14.30          Travel to a local farm and farm walk

* 5th Feb - Wood Barton, Morchard Bishop

If you are unable to make the event on 5th February, we are running a second session on 21st February, in Holsworthy (The Red Post Inn, followed by a Farm Walk at Shernick Farm).

Come and talk to all the Farm Vets about forth coming changes in the industry that WILL AFFECT YOUR BOTTOM LINE.

To reserve your place, please call 01363 772860

When: Monday, 5 February 2018 - 9:45am to Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 2:30pm
Species: Farm

St Boniface Vets are running a DIY AI course W/C 26th February, 10am-3pm.

This 4 day course will run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and lead to a certificate.

The cost to attend is £437.50 + vat per person

Please contact the surgery if you are interested 01363 772860 

The course covers:-

  • The legislation governing AI in the UK
  • The structure and function of a semen storage flask
  • How to carry out safe handling and maintenance of a semen storage flask
  • Practising safe and correct semen handling technique
  • The two stage theory of AI technique
  • Identify key anatomical features on an abattoir specimen
  • How to prepare and load a 0.25cc AI gun
  • Accurately identify anatomical landmarks relevant to AI by manual palpation
  • Gain practical experience of AI in live cows
  • Achieve a level of competence with AI technique DEFRA certified by the instructor

When: Monday, 26 February 2018 - 10:00am to Friday, 2 March 2018 - 3:00pm
Species: Farm

The third and final part in our Winter Meeting Series is Advanced Breeding; once your calves are all achieving excellent growth rates and reaching their full genetic potential, it is time to start talking Genomics and Advanced Breeding.

As a part of XL Vets, with Raft solutions, we are offering the Zoetis Clarifide genomics service to you.

This test provides fantastic insight into how to screen the genetic potential of your herd and to plan subsequent breeding programmes. Tony and Danielle will be holding these evening meetings on the following dates:-

8th March, near Lifton

22nd March, near Thelbridge

Come and talk to all the Farm Vets about forth coming changes in the industry that WILL AFFECT YOUR BOTTOM LINE.

To reserve your place, please call 01363 772860

When: Thursday, 8 March 2018 - 7:00pm to Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 9:00pm
Species: Farm