Phillip Jones runs a herd of 110 Limousin cross cows, plus followers. In the past, his ambition to increase the herd had been hampered by a BVD outbreak, which not only caused a decline in cow numbers and impaired the herd’s productivity, but also put significant financial strain on the farm business
“As a flying herd, we were not only facing the risk of bringing diseased cattle onto the farm, but we were also in danger of exporting disease to other herds. We therefore felt a moral responsibility to protect ourselves and others"”
Phillip Jones, Owner and Manager
Recover from a disease outbreak that damaged herd performance and threatened to decimate the farm, increase the herd size and prevent the spread of BVD in the future
Allflex Tissue Sampling Tags (TST) are used on every animal at birth as part of a three-step BDV eradication plan
Lan Farm was officially accredited BVD-free, herd’s overall health has drastically improved and sucklers are performing much better. Calving period is down from eight months to three months and the calving interval is down from 404 to 371 days.
At a Glance
Company: Lan Farm
Location: Carmarthenshire, Wales
Herd Size: 110 Limousin cross suckler cows
“In fact, our system is performing so well that we’re now selling 95% of stock to repeat buyers, some of whom are willing to make deals over the phone without seeing the animals. That speaks volumes about the quality and consistency of the animals we’re producing and, in my mind, justifies our ongoing vaccination and tissue testing regime.