Dr Zoe Vogels

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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+11:00August 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+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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Dairying in Taiwan – food for thought

By |2019-07-17T11:29:44+11:00June 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+11:00January 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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Salmonella vaccination – keep it in the family!

By |2019-05-20T11:27:57+11:00December 31st, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services, HerdWise|Tags: , |

While we all spend time with family these holidays, we thought we’d talk about our LEAST favourite family – Salmonella. This bacteria is a serious cause of diarrhoea in calves and cows (and lots of other animals for that matter – including us!) How does Salmonella show up? Clinically affected animals present with diarrhoea, depression,

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Taiwan Trip 2018

By |2019-05-20T11:24:36+11:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

By Zoe Vogels Last month I came back from another 10-day trip to Taiwan – myself and colleague Liz Bramley gave presentations to farmers and vets on milk quality and visited a few of Taiwan’s 500-odd dairy farms. With a population of ~23 million living in an area the quarter of the size of Tasmania,

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