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Yearly Archives: 2016

|2016

Cool cows

By |2018-01-13T18:18:28+10:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , |

Summer is here and even though temperatures have been lower than usual we need to be aware of the effect heat can have on cows. During past summers, we have seen cows being unable to cope with a number of consecutive days with temperatures in the high 30’s. Like most mammals, cows need to maintain

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Oleander poisoning – a heap of trouble

By |2018-01-13T18:17:32+10:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Dr Debbie Twiss   “Four well-conditioned heifers found lying dead in the paddock this morning and a couple more dying…” was the situation greeting a local farmer on Monday morning. Ingestion of toxic garden clippings would result in the death of 17 weaned heifers over the next 48 hours. The sequence of events that

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Digital Dermatitis

By |2018-01-13T18:17:00+10:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr John Jardine With the current wet winter and spring we have seen an increase in the number of reported cases of digital dermatitis (DD) on local dairy farms. Here we discuss the disease and its implications on your farm. What causes DD? DD or hairy heel wart is caused by an infection on

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Research project – investigating innovative cow health monitoring technology

By |2018-01-13T18:16:12+10:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

by Alex Crosbie Technology and innovation are a critical means by which businesses can become more efficient, productive and profitable.  In the dairy industry the evolution and availability of mobile cow monitoring tools such as e-collars and ear tags enable farmers to accurately and easily monitor activity and rumination.  These emerging technologies pose many questions

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A new approach to worm control

By |2018-01-13T18:15:44+10:00October 1st, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , |

by Monica Ryan For a long time drench resistance was only considered a problem for sheep producers. Recent work on dairy farms in Gippsland and South-West Victoria has shown that resistance in cattle worm species (particularly stomach worm Ostertagia) is common to all classes of anthelmintic products. The study in Maffra dairy farms showed 100%

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HerdWise – Focus on the big picture

By |2018-01-13T18:15:16+10:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: Farm Services, HerdWise|Tags: , , , |

HerdWise Benefits Dedicated herd health vet to provide consistent service and regular contact Planning of key farm events with calendar planner and scheduled reminders to ensure you are doing the right things at the right times Ongoing review of animal health procedures to identify opportunities for improvement Streamlined dispensing and monitoring of farm medication usage

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Changes to Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) subsidies

By |2018-01-13T18:14:50+10:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Peter Younis The following statement was released by DEPI in June 2016. “From 1 July 2016, Johne’s disease in cattle will be industry managed and market-driven in Victoria. Management of Johne’s disease in cattle will be on a risk-based approach at the farm level, the same as for many other endemic livestock diseases. With

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Dairying in a changing climate

By |2018-01-13T18:13:54+10:00March 8th, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Rather than learning to simply cope with climate change, dairy farmers will come together next week in an effort to capitalise on the opportunities it presents. Chris Hibburt from The Vet Group said farmers were clever, resourceful people. He said farming practices had always adapted to change and climate change was no different. “We want

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Is your dairy herd prepared for a bushfire?

By |2018-01-13T18:13:18+10:00January 6th, 2016|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , |

By Zoe Vogels, The Vet Group Recent bushfires in the region have provided us all with a timely reminder to sit down and plan what actions we will take in the event our properties are threatened by a bushfire. It goes without saying that your safety and the welfare of your family must come first

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