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Forage crop diseases

By |2021-02-11T07:40:10+11:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: General Health, HerdWise|Tags: , , , |

It's a bumper year for summer forage crops such as turnips, forage rape, millet, and sorghum.  But these tasty feeds are not without their risks. Below are some diseases we can see when animals are grazing crop. Usually only a couple of animals are affected, but occasionally a large number of animals fall sick. Interestingly,

Colostrum: liquid gold?

By |2021-01-25T16:28:04+11:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

We don't like to say that something will be a silver bullet for preventing disease, but first-milking colostrum could be considered liquid gold! Colostrum is full of antibodies and white blood cells that help newborn calves fight disease. It’s also got more fat and protein than normal milk to give calves a nutritious first feed

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Eye cancer in cattle – early detection and treatment is key!

By |2021-01-07T07:23:40+11:00January 7th, 2021|Categories: Farm Services, HerdWise|Tags: , |

Summer is not just the time for pinkeye , it’s also the time we see more cancer eye in cattle. These are fast-growing cancers of the eyeball or eyelids. Early detection and treatment of eye cancers a) makes the treatment itself simpler, and b) minimises the risk of the cancer spreading (both locally around the

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Know the enemy: Mycoplasma!

By |2020-12-15T20:54:41+11:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, HerdWise, MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Mycoplasma is a bacterial infection of cows and calves. There are several strains that can cause disease but Mycoplasma bovis is the most common. We have seen more Mycoplasma in the district over the last couple of years, and it is a disease that everyone should be aware of. We see Mycoplasma disease present in

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Lungworm alert

By |2020-11-02T15:24:17+11:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services, HeiferWise, HerdWise|Tags: , , , |

We have seen a number of cases of lungworm in young heifers in the district, so thought it would be good to revisit how this nasty parasite works. Lungworm, caused by the round worm Dictyocaulus viviparus, usually occurs in heifers less than 10 months of age. In particular, those heifers with no immunity that are

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Fractured legs in heifers? Think copper deficiency!

By |2020-10-20T10:08:54+11:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: General Health, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , |

In the last 12 months we have had a number of farms where maiden heifers - at the point of calving or in the weeks soon after calving - spontaneously fracture the humerus in a front leg. This is distressing for everyone as there is nothing that can be done and the heifers need to

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#maskupvictoria

By |2020-08-03T08:43:32+10:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , |

Monday the 3rd of August 2020 In addition to the Level 3 restrictions that were announced for Regional Victoria yesterday, from today (almost) everyone aged 12 and above must wear a face covering when they leave home. When we talk, breath, cough, sneeze, or laugh, the large, wet, heavy respiratory droplets fall relatively quickly. If

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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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