Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Calf rumen development – the key ingredients!

By |2019-09-06T12:18:19+11:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise|Tags: , , , , |

When a calf is born, it's stomach (the abomasum) is 2–4 litres in size. It secretes enzymes that digest milk, providing the calf with energy and protein for growth. However, over time, we need to turn a calf's stomach into a cow’s stomach: a 150–200 litre rumen where microbial enzymes do the digestion to provide

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Sight and safety: looking at the world through cow-coloured glasses…

By |2019-07-23T07:49:50+11:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , |

I was recently asked how a cow sees the world and thought it would be worth posting something that I prepared for The Milk Maid Marian a number of years ago. The biology of how cows see the world and the behaviour that results is an interesting topic! Where it all began... Domestication of wild

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A Tale of Two Milk Cultures

By |2019-09-06T17:53:29+11:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Mastitis in cows can be caused by many different bacteria. But knowing which bacteria is causing a problem on farm helps focus efforts to prevent new infections. The photo below is of two milk cultures that were recently done at one of our clinics. The agar plates we use have three different types of agar:

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