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M. bovis and M. bovis – same same, but different!

By |2019-06-03T00:22:06+10:00May 19th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , , |

What’s the difference between M. bovis….and M. bovis? The shorthand for these two diseases of cattle is the same, but they completely different bacteria: Mycobacterium bovis and Mycoplasma bovis. Every bacteria has a specific name, so that we can identify them better – the “surname” (in this case Mycobacterium and Mycoplasma) and then a “first

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Something to ruminate on…

By |2019-05-20T11:25:36+10:00May 18th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , |

What do all these feed stuffs have in common? They can all be digested by rumen microbes and turned into milk! If you could sum up a cow in five words, it would be “a fermentation vat on legs”. That is, their rumen is a large, heated vat that stirs together carbohydrates, water and bacteria

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Should you treat your cows to some chocolate this Easter?

By |2019-05-20T11:25:46+10:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , |

We all know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but what about cows? With Easter approaching we thought we’d discuss the ins and outs of chocolate toxicity. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine (as well as a little caffeine). Humans metabolise theobromine and caffeine quickly, but dogs (and cats) take a lot longer to eliminate

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Australian Cattle Veterinarians Conference

By |2019-05-18T10:01:38+10:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

At the end of March, James, Rob and Zoe attended the Australian Cattle Veterinarians Conference on the Gold Coast. The conference is an opportunity to see latest and topical lectures, catch up with old colleagues and meet new ones too. So, what interesting things were there to bring home to our farmers? Digital dermatitis in

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Heytesbury Show 2019

By |2019-05-20T11:26:17+10:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, Petcare|Tags: , , |

Hats off to everyone’s who attended the Heytesbury Show in the heat this past weekend – some of our vets even had wins in the Home Pavilion! We’re glad our Mystery Bag contribution of hats came in handy, read the attached handout that was also included for information about antibodies, vaccination and the importance of

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Have we seen your cat lately?

By |2019-03-04T08:53:59+10:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Petcare|Tags: , , , |

DOES YOUR CAT SPEND ANY TIME OUTDOORS? Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of FIV infection in the world? 1 in 7 Australian pet cats with outdoor access have tested positive for FIV. Any outdoor access increases your cat’s risk of exposure to infectious diseases and parasites. Visit us in

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We love our island home…because it makes biosecurity easier!

By |2019-05-20T11:26:39+10:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , , |

What do we love about living in Australia? The varied landscape, the low population density, the unique animals, sausage sizzles, lamingtons, pavlova, the beaches! As vets, we also love that we don’t have many significant animal diseases, such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, rabies and foot and mouth disease (also known as FMD). We call these serious

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Plant toxins and photosensitivity in cattle

By |2019-02-14T15:24:53+10:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, HerdWise|Tags: , , , , |

Dr Debbie Twiss Photosensitivity – what is it? Photosensitivity reactions in cattle occur when light reactive plant components (called phototoxins) enter the skin and are exposed to ultraviolet light. The phototoxin reacts to UV in light coloured or thin-skinned or hairless areas such as around the eyes, nose or teats. The wavelengths of UV that

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How your herd can beat the heat

By |2019-05-20T11:27:11+10:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, HerdWise|Tags: , , |

While summer in the south west means lots of visits to the beach, it also means lots of hot cows (and hot farmers and hot vets). As well as the heat from the sun and surrounds, cows have an increased challenge in that their rumen is a massive fermentation vat that also produces heat. Heat

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Colostral antibodies: calves’ gold star troops

By |2019-05-20T11:28:13+10:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

At our recent CalfWise workshop, the topic of colostrum antibodies came up: what they are and why they are important. As it’s time to start planning colostral vaccinations we thought it would be worth revisiting.

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