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Saturday, 27 August Blog

posted 27 Aug 2011, 04:43 by Abacus Equine Lab

Hi All

This has been a fantastic week for Abacus!  We started on Saturday with a staff outing to the Northampton Balloon Festival which was great fun.  The balloons performed their evening “glow” for the first time for three years, thanks to the wind finally cooperating.  It really was nice to see these huge but graceful fire-breathing monsters doing their stuff to music.  I can see why my horses blow several fuses when they pass over their fields as they really are big and the noise the burner makes is amazing however, once a year it is nice to see them under control!

Sunday saw the mobile lab at another major show where we met many new people and old friends, carried out loads of tests in our ‘count while you compete’ service and made lots of appointments to wormcount at new yards this autumn.  A good day was had by all.

After such a busy weekend, the new week started steadily enough as many clients were away on holiday last week.  However there was no slacking when things quickly returned to ‘full speed’ by Wednesday, when people seemed to remember: “Oops, need to wormcount” and so the phones lit up.  These were in addition to all the yards that were booked in already, some for their third wormcount of the year with Abacus.  By Friday we were back to doing 12 hour days to complete every wormcount on each yard so that our customers would have the  consistently best service that has become the hallmark of Abacus wormcounting.  I think we visited more yards this week than we ever have. (The Boss has the final figures) Faecal Egg Counting has really taken off in Northampton!

This being the case, as a result of a planning meeting held over breakfast (the only time we are all together in one room at one time!)  a few weeks ago, we have decided to bring forward the plan to put a second mobile lab on the road to cover Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.  Due to our lovely article in the Chiltern and Thames Rider Magazine we are getting so many requests to wormcount in those counties that we now simply have to expand!  This is a very exciting time for Abacus Equine Laboratory (or, more accurately Abacus Laboratories!)

Well, that is it for this week. ‘Bye for now, and have a lovely Bank Holiday.  Good luck if you are competing, especially those at the Milton Keynes Eventing Centre’s BE ODE.  Look out for us on Sunday, as we are fence judging!

The Ab-Lab Team

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