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Participants, including us! walking with Kenton Cool during Crickhowell Walking Festival 2016
This is a photograph of our Robbie during the Crickhowell Walking Festival 2017...it may not have been entered into the Photographic competition, but he is our winner!
Sadly, we were informed from one of our local farmers, that recently, he has heifers who have aborted their pregnancies...it has been confirmed by DEFRA that this is due to a parasite called Neospora...we'd never heard of it before so decided to delve a little further...
The Neopsora parasite can infect cattle and can cause serious disease in pregnant cows and result in abortion. It is a problem worldwide and it is on the increase in the UK. The pregnant cow may show no outward signs but when the parasite passes to the unborn calf it can cause abortion. Some calves survive the pregnancy but are stillborn, others may look healthy but are infected with the parasite.
Neospora is the most commonly diagnosed cause of abortion and there are no licensed drugs or vaccine available, thus an infection within a herd means an inevitable financal loss.
What can we, as responsible dog owners, do to help prevent this....
The only known route of infection is from dog faeces. If this is left on a field, the herd will digest this along with the pasture and the parasite is ingested. The simplest way for us to help stop this is to collect any of our dog poo and take it away with us. Dogs become infected by eating placenta or abortion material, so always be aware of where your dog is, if they are not too good at recall, then keep them on the lead.
I leave you with the words from another farmer who has had to learn about this parasite the hard way...
Remember we ran a vote to see how many people would be interested in these Merrell Trail Gloves next year?
Well the results are in.....looks like we will be stocking them!
OUR OPENING TIMES...
Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 17:30
Sundays & Bank Holidays 10:00 - 16:00
Closed for lunch between 1:00pm - 200pm Monday to Friday
Well, what an eventful week we are having....
We've just had the Crickhowell Walking Festival Autumn Extra last weekend, the weather was very kind and there has been good feed back...
We've also learned that we have been nominated in TGO The Great Outdoor Awards 2018, in the Independent Outdoor Retailer category, which is amazing and thanks to you lovely people for putting us there....now we just need loads of votes to win....keeping our fingers crossed....here is the link if you would like to vote...https://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/awards/
The town has learnt that we are on the shortlist for the Visa sponsored Great Britain High Street award too!
Votes are needed for this too...please post either on Facebook or Twitter...#GBHSCrickhowell #MYHIGHSTREET..
Running alongside this is the chance to win £100 in a weekly draw...just spend over £10 on your Visa card in store, follow the instructions on the card you will be given...and who knows...it could be you!!
Wow....what a busy period we have been in recently...
Promoting votes for us as Independent Retailer of the Year and the town in the Great Britain High Street Award....voting is now closed and all we can do is wait until the middle of November for the results. We'll let you know when we know...just like to say a HUGE thank you for everyone who has supported us, keeping our fingers crossed now!
We've been busy with organising the website is now live for browsing through and though we do say ourselves, there are some fabulous walks and events..check out the prize for the Photographic Competition too...a Satmap Activ20....they are an amazing piece of kit...a huge thanks to our Sponsors, Burton McCal
New Autumn/Winter stock has arrived for this season. Not a simple job, trying to rejuggle the shop to fit it in! Its on these occasions I wish we had a bigger building, but then we'd need more stock to fill it, and so back to the head scratching time!! It's all good for mental agilitiy.
We've also been busy recruiting a new member of staff. Rob has joined Elsa and I. He is a local chap, married with children. A writer and artist, who enjoys cycling and walking! Now its a case of teaching him about all the goodies we sell...and where the stock is...we may be only a small shop, but we cram a lot of stuff in here!!
Now its coming to Christmas and thoughts are turning to pressies...so we're working on updating the website where we can show you some gift ideas...for a friend or yourself!!!!
Meanwhile....just going to leave this image here from Crickhowell Walking Festival a few years ago...