“We lost two bucket-reared calves here and five from the suckler herd (out of 49 calvings) – it was a frustrating time. Thankfully, there’s just one idle cow now, with dairy-beef calves adopted onto cows that lost their calves. She scanned in-calf, but must have absorbed the foetus. She’s for fattening now anyway,” Tom told me.

One of Tom’s lost calves came from a cow that missed her Rotavec vaccination, while another was dead on arrival. Three others developed scour and Tom took blood samples.