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It is an early start for Ian Cure, a farm vet from Lancashire. Alongside the routine appointments booked in at farms across the county, he has one ear listening out for the ring of his mobile phone for an emergency call. In this edition of 'On Your Farm' Caz Graham is shadowing him on a typical day.

As a young vet with a specialist farm practise, Ian is one of a decreasing number in the UK who only treat sheep,cows, pigs and horses. There are around 40 million large farm animals in the UK and it is part of the role of the farm vet to ensure their health and welfare.

His first job of the day is to carry out pregnancy tests on around 35 dairy cows using an ultra sound scanner in the farmyard. Then after he has scrubbed up, she is standing by as Ian sedates a cow for an operation to correct a potentially life threatening stomach problem.

This programme is presented by Caz Graham and produced in Birmingham by Angela Frain.

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Sun 15 Jan 2012 06:35