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Lasalocid (Bovatec) toxicity: be aware, and prepare!

By |2020-06-29T17:32:53+10:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , |

Lasalocid (aka Bovatec) is a regular additive to cattle feed. It's used as a preventative for coccidiosis in calves. However, lasalocid toxicity has been a regular cause of disease and death over the years and so we wanted to raise awareness about the potential risk it poses. How does lasalocid work? Lasalocid is classed as

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Leptospirosis: a case study

By |2020-04-14T07:23:02+10:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: General Health, HerdWise, ReproWise|Tags: , , , |

Leptospirosis, or ‘lepto’, is a disease of cattle than can jump the gap into humans  - where it causes mild to severe disease, including fever, meningitis and chronic carrier states. A disease that jumps from animals into humans is called a ‘zoonosis’ and lepto is one of the more common, and preventable, zoonotic diseases in

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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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Signs of snake bite in your pets

By |2020-02-17T07:43:30+11:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Farm Services, Petcare|Tags: , , |

This season has seen a constant presentation of snake-bitten dogs and cats to the clinic, so we thought it worth a reminder of what signs you may see in your animals when they’ve been bitten by a snake: An initial collapse and vomiting (sometime this is followed by apparent recovery but indicates a potentially lethal

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Colostral vaccines: Scourshield vs Rotavec Corona

By |2020-02-04T15:03:52+11:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, General Health, HerdWise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Colostral vaccines are an important tool for managing calf scours caused by Rotavirus, Coronavirus and E. coli. These vaccines are given to cows and heifers prior to calving and the antibodies the cows produce are concentrated into their colostrum. The calf still needs to be fed this first-milking colostrum soon after birth so that the

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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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Mastitis: how to avoid a “dys-aster”

By |2019-12-12T12:44:36+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

Recently, there’s been one mastitis pathogen that’s been bugging farmers more than normal. Frustrated by higher than normal clinical case rates and/or bulk milk cell counts, in-house cultures have found Strep dysgalactiae to be one of the pathogens involved (we’ll call it Strep dys as it's much easier to say!) Where does Strep dys come

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Heifer mastitis and blind quarters

By |2019-11-18T08:11:25+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, HeiferWise, MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever wondered how many heifers have blind quarters or mastitis 1 to 2 months before calving? Well wonder no more! We've tipped and teatsealed a lot of heifers over the years. Sometimes we’ll diagnose heifers with mastitis: swelling and hardness of the gland and a thick, custard-like secretion. While in-house cultures of these

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The where, why and how of getting into Vet School

By |2019-11-07T10:24:42+11:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health, Petcare|Tags: , , |

Have you, or your friends or family, ever thought about being a vet? Read on as Dr Izzy Moorhead answers the where, why and how of getting into Vet School. Where can you study vet in Australia? Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) University of Adelaide (Adelaide, South Australia) Charles Sturt University ("CSU", Wagga wagga, New

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