It was more a disappointment than a surprise when with the results of the follow-up tests came back confirming that all five calves had BVD. “What now?” I asked him, even though there was only one answer. “Call Tom up the road, I suppose.” Tom works for the local hunt kennels and is the man…
That’s how, on a Wednesday evening in Rathgar, I found myself settling into an hour’s research on the topic of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea. I’ll spare you the details, but suffice it to say, this wasn’t a dose that could be cured with dry toast and flat 7up.
So, in February 2015, he made the leap, trading in the pressed shirts and daily commute for wellies and tractors.
The change has ushered in a new way of life for me as well, and while year one hasn’t been without its challenges, more than anything, it’s been an education.