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Caution: avoiding abamectin toxicity in calves!

By |2019-09-06T10:12:26+10:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , , |

Toxicities that cause disease and death of calves are luckily few and far between. When they do occur – sometimes from a simple mistake - it is extremely upsetting for those involved. But ­ if we can use the bad as a timely reminder, we can help ensure it doesn't happen to anyone else. Recently

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Calf rumen development – the key ingredients!

By |2019-09-06T12:18:19+10:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise|Tags: , , , , |

When a calf is born, it's stomach (the abomasum) is 2–4 litres in size. It secretes enzymes that digest milk, providing the calf with energy and protein for growth. However, over time, we need to turn a calf's stomach into a cow’s stomach: a 150–200 litre rumen where microbial enzymes do the digestion to provide

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Minimising lameness this winter

By |2019-07-17T11:26:40+10:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , , |

Lame cows are frustrating, especially when the weather – which we have no control over – plays such a big part in increasing the risk of sore feet. Below are several things you can do to minimise the risk of lameness in wet conditions. This, in turn, will reduce the stress on your farm team

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Is bull testing a worthwhile exercise (and are maiden bulls worth testing)?

By |2019-07-17T11:56:04+10:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: General Health, ReproWise|Tags: , , , |

Herd reproductive performance is an important component of efficient milk production.  Australian studies have identified several important factors that drive herd fertility.  One of these is bull performance. Where bulls are used in a mating program, either alone or as a follow up to an AI period, we need to ensure that we have enough

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M. bovis and M. bovis – same same, but different!

By |2019-07-17T11:54:53+10:00May 19th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , , |

What’s the difference between M. bovis….and M. bovis? The shorthand for these two diseases of cattle is the same, but they completely different bacteria: Mycobacterium bovis and Mycoplasma bovis. Every bacteria has a specific name, so that we can identify them better – the “surname” (in this case Mycobacterium and Mycoplasma) and then a “first

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Something to ruminate on…

By |2019-07-17T11:53:40+10:00May 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 |2019-07-17T11:52:15+10:00April 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

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Australian Cattle Veterinarians Conference

By |2019-05-18T10:01:38+10:00April 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+10:00March 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+10:00March 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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