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

Farming Tips

Mycoplasma Bovis

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As one country begins to try eradicate mycoplasma bovis, I talk about what I know about the bacteria. Is there improved diagnostics or is it now becoming more of an issue on our farms. Unfortunately I think it is now more of an issue.

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24 hours at pasture

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Looking at the risks and bottlenecks in the day of a dairy cow. So knowing what the risks are and why? they can cause problems. By looking for these risks and removing them we can greatly help and aid herd performance.

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Coughing cows

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As we settle back into somewhat of a later grazing season. In this video I discuss coughing cows and lungworm.

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Farming futures in France

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Traveling to France to meet vet Olivier Crenn a passionate guy on a mission. Through his global farm visits he is helping his farmers achieve more with their herds. We follow him for 48 hours and this is just some of the action we were privelaged to

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Revisiting a French friend!

  France in January   Over three years ago I jumped out of a rented car outside a French veterinary practice . As I strolled towards the front door, a jeep pulled up and out popped a tall smiling French vet by the name of Olivier. For

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Lameness at housing!

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‘I always seem to get a bit more lameness in the winter time when cows are housed”. A very common problem for this time of year, is the battle against lameness in the house. There are two distinct challenges or types of lameness. There is of course

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‘Push versus Pull’ AMR

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Push versus pull, When we talk about changing behaviours it often recognised as one of the most difficult things you can do. In simple terms change can occur by being pushed into it, or by the pull effect often changing because we know the change we make

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Flock performance

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This is webinar style presentation on flock performance. I recorded this recently while preparing for a talk. It is brief overview looking at my opinions on the value of assessing flock performance, setting targets and understanding the sheep!   All feedback welcome?

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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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Being smart about fluke

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Being smart about fluke! One of the issues I’m seeing increasingly is confusion on the ground. This confusion often is based on technical overload. With so much information coming at you, what do I need to know, what is relevant to me?. With all this noise about

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