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Something to ruminate on…

By |2019-05-20T11:25:36+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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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AFL Footy Tipping | FREE Entry

By |2019-03-20T13:16:59+00:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services|

It's that time of year again when mates take on mates, family take on family and vets take on vets for ultimate bragging rights...and some great prizes. Join our FREE footy tipping competition and let the battle begin. If you're already a footytips.com.au member or would like to sign up now and join our competition please

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Heytesbury Show 2019

By |2019-05-20T11:26:17+00:00March 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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Welcoming Dr Poot and Dr Moorhead

By |2019-02-14T15:25:59+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

We would like to introduce two new veterinarians who started with us at The Vet Group in January - Dr Tessa Poot and Dr Isabelle Moorhead. Tessa hails from Karratha in WA, while Izzy (although Melbourne born) has spent the last few years up at Townsville. Both well-acclimatised to Australia's searing heat, they've taken to

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

By |2019-05-20T11:26:39+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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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Microbe maths!

By |2019-05-20T11:27:43+00:00January 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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