As we wind down what has been a very busy 2015, HVC would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our clients and pets a very warm and merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.
2015 has been an exciting year for many of our production clients with impressive increases in sale prices, this has led to increased confidence within the industry and as a result increased opportunities for many agricultural businesses. At HVC we have had a busy spring with a large amount of bovine artificial breeding and the equine breeding has also ramped up as we speak. The small animal hospital has also been kept busy with a variety of cases from immunising new pets joining the family, to removing grass seeds left, right and centre and treating seasonal allergy related problems.
This issue of the HVC newsletter will introduce our new ET technician Megan Bowden, who started with us in September and whilst learning the ropes has continued to go from strength to strength in her role. We will overview what we believe to be some of the important reminders to keep in mind over the summer break for both our small animals and production animals, and our vets have put together some informative articles on the basic economics of pregnancy testing, equine reproduction and the risks associated with feeding our pets table scraps over the Christmas period.
In the coming months livestock producers will be monitoring their cow body condition scores and feed budgets to determine when they will wean their calves, once these calves are weaned it is important to provide these weaners with appropriate nutrition in a cost effective manner. Keep an eye out on our website next month as we will be uploading some helpful tips on weaning and nutrition. We intend to run a field day in the new year which will cover these topics as well, so we'll keep you posted.
During this lovely time of year it is a great opportunity for everyone to make the most of the warmer evenings to spend time outside with their pets, keeping them fit and active. We wish everyone and their pets a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!