Farming Tips and Advice – Videos and Blogs from Tommy the Vet

Brilliant at the Basics

Traveling to Denmark

This is a  documentary style production of a trip to Denmark in February 2017. Spending time with Danish vets and farmers to understand what they are doing nationally as regards animal health.

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The golden milk in the golden hour

Over the last number of years I increasingly have become fascinated by how being brilliant at the basics can affect overall farm performance. One area that I have done a lot of work on is calf health and particularly around colostrum management on farm. Time and time

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Grass questions?

More questions than answers?   At a recent social event I met three farmers, all top class operators of spring calving, grass based systems. It was a very interesting discussion about the year gone by. Each had relatively good years but each also described individual problems they

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Debudding calves

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This week while visiting my good friend Denis Howard farmer and vet based in Mitchelstown Co Cork, i got him to demonstrate debudding technique in calves. In this short video Denis talks us through the technique on his last two calves of the season.   Thanks Denis!!

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Looking at issues that affect somatic cell count

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In this series of brilliant at the basics i go into to the parlour and look at issues that affect somatic cell count on farm. Back on the white board i look at each area in more detail. Thanks to dairy farmer Joe Hayden Kilavaney Co Wicklow

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Brilliant at the Basics: Lambs

Getting lambs to survive the first days and weeks is so important Focusing on Colostrom Hygiene Disease Management

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