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Calf rumen development – the key ingredients!

By |2019-08-13T10:00:10+10:00July 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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A Tale of Two Milk Cultures

By |2019-08-05T13:09:02+10:00July 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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Do cattle get the flu?

By |2019-07-17T12:05:45+10:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services, General Health, HerdWise|Tags: , , |

There’s a lot of talk about this year’s flu season and how it’s earlier/worse than usual (as you can see from the graph above). So we thought we’d answer the question: do cattle get the flu? A plethora of respiratory viruses There’s lots of viruses that can affect the respiratory system of birds and mammals.

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Minimising lameness this winter

By |2019-07-17T11:26:40+10:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , , |

Lame cows are frustrating, especially when the weather – which we have no control over – plays such a big part in increasing the risk of sore feet. Below are several things you can do to minimise the risk of lameness in wet conditions. This, in turn, will reduce the stress on your farm team

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Milk Trivia

By |2019-07-17T11:39:09+10:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: General Health, MilkWise|Tags: |

The first of June was World Milk Day, but over in the USA the whole of June is National Dairy Month. So how about some milk trivia to celebrate - you never know when it might come in handy at a trivia night! Who invented the milkshake? In Chicago, 1922, Walgreens' Ivar "Pop" Coulson added

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

By |2019-07-17T11:54:53+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 |2019-07-17T11:53:40+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 |2019-07-17T11:52:15+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

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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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