Disease? Not On My Farm! Ambassadors
Tim & Louise Cooke
- 5,000 acre Barwhillanty Estate in Dumfries and Galloway (forestry, farming and holiday lets)
- Home Farm 900 acres - mixture of upland and hill
- 600 easy care ewes and replacements and 120 farmed red deer hinds
- Lambing outside from mid-March for 6 weeks
- Currently vaccinating against clostridial disease and pasteurellosis
- Annual flock health plan will be done with The Ark Veterinary Centre
At the end of 2021, the Cooke family moved from a 2,500 acre tenant farm in Hampshire for Tim to take on a new role as a farmer manager in Scotland.
Having built their previous flock from scratch, helped by Louise’s knowledge as a vet, the couple have always taken a proactive approach to disease prevention, including vaccinating for lameness, EAE and toxoplasmosis, clostridial disease and pasteurellosis.
With high health status a priority for Tim and Louise, the move to Scotland has been a step into the unknown. Arriving post-tupping, scanning results have not been as high as hoped, with a particular problem with barren shearlings.
2022 is set to be a steep learning curve as the Cookes get to know the farm better.