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Health & Welfare Bulletin No.47 - Various

Dear BLS Member 

I hope you have all had a splendid summer and your animals have had a good feed on the grass. Please do remember that although their coats are thermal, they do feel the heat so shelters or sheltered areas are important

Winter is on its way and by now, you should have all your hay in. It wasn’t a bad crop this year so prices should stay stable. Do remember if you have any ‘left over’ hard feed from last winter, do not feed it to your camelids. It can produce toxins when kept for any length of time, especially in the hot weather we experienced this year, which can harm your animals. You may not be able to see the toxins but they will be there.

Hopefully, by now, you will have received an email regarding a consultation paper on bTB. Please do take time to read this and respond either direct to Defra (copying Tim Crowfoot and myself in) or send your comments to us as we will be making a formal response. The closing date is Thursday 26 September. Meetings are being held throughout the country which are very useful to get a background of Government thinking

As I am sure you are aware, this year we are experiencing the bumper crop of acorns, conkers and sweet chestnuts. The branches of the oak trees are being weighed down by acorns. These are poisonous to camelids if eaten in excess. The odd one or two will do them no harm but if they get the taste for acorns, camelids can die !. Try to remove as many as possible from you fields. Normally camelids will leave them alone if they have enough grass and hay but don’t rely on this.

Autumn is a good time give annual vaccination to your animals together with worming or at least a worm count done by your vet. This helps our animals cope with the winter ahead. A healthy camelid is a well camelid.

Don’t forget to register all you new born cria. I still have a supply of microchips at cost price, £4.15 each. If you require some, send me a self addressed stamped jiffy bag together with a cheque made out to BLS and I will send them by return.

Vice Chairman BLS & Health & Welfare Representative
Nutfield Park Farm, South Nutfield, REDHILL, Surrey
Tel: 01737-823375