Dr Zoe Vogels

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The Australian Women’s Land Army: ensuring food security in World War II

By |2020-04-24T10:41:52+10:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

In this COVID-19 world, food security has become very topical! With ANZAC Day tomorrow, it's an opportune time to write about the Australian Women’s Land Army  (AWLA). This was formed to ensure the supply of food and other vital produce during World War II. My Grandmother Marian was a member of the AWLA, so I

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What’s the deal with dung beetles?

By |2020-03-13T11:05:07+11:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Farm Services, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , , , |

Would you like something else to talk about rather than Coronavirus? Need something to distract you from the lack of toilet paper in the shops? Read on to learn more about some pretty nifty little creatures: dung beetles! Dung beetles: what do they do? Dung beetles - also known as scarabs, dorbeetles, tumble bugs and

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Coronavirus – should we be concerned about cows and calves?

By |2020-02-04T15:12:59+11:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , , , |

The start of 2020 has been pretty eventful. Apart from bushfires, hail storms, dust clouds (and the Australian Open!), our news feeds have also been full of stories about a new coronavirus infecting people. Declared a global health emergency this morning, the virus (officially called "2019-nCoV" and unofficially called "Wuhan") has infected almost 10,000 people

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Preparing your dairy farm for a bushfire

By |2020-01-06T17:40:13+11:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , |

It has been a horrible start to 2020, with bushfires raging across the country.  We thought it would be timely to post this checklist of questions to ask of yourself (collated from various sources such as the CFA and Dairy Australia). Make a time to sit down with your family and farm staff to go

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Of poppies and pigeons…

By |2019-11-11T05:52:08+11:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Zoe Vogels It's always nice to see a good news story, and this week's one comes from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. A pigeon was caught stealing poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, using them to make a beautiful red nest. Given it's the 11th of November, how about a departure from

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No cell walls = no prison for these bacteria!

By |2019-10-13T08:00:51+11:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , , |

A short, 22 second video of bacteria multiplying was doing the rounds of the internet last week. But why did it have so many scientists excited? First, a bit of an explanation about how bacteria grow and multiply… What do bacteria look like? Bacteria are single cell organisms and can be round, rod-shaped or wavy. 

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Cows with bells! The beauty of alpine pastures…

By |2019-09-06T12:09:55+10:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: General Health, MilkWise|Tags: , , |

If you look down at a mix of clover, daisies and dandelions in Australia it doesn't seem particularly special. But high up in the mountains of France or Switzerland, they become something amazing! These mountain pastures, known as "alpage", are part of a particular type of farming that holds an important place in French and

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

By |2019-07-23T07:49:50+10:00July 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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Dairying in Taiwan – food for thought

By |2019-07-17T11:29:44+10:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , |

After several visits to Taiwan, this year was a little bit different in that myself and vet/nutritionist Liz Bramley circumnavigated the island and finally got to see the sights of the East Coast. There is only a small area for living and farming on this side as Taiwan - but it provided lots of

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Microbe maths!

By |2019-05-20T11:27:43+10:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bacteria are amazing little critters. They can do so much good, such as fermenting the feedstuffs in cows’ rumens to provide them with the nutrients to live, grow and produce milk. They can also do so much bad, for example E. coli and Salmonella can cause severe diarrhoea and sometimes death in calves.

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