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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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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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Lungworm alert

By |2019-10-03T15:03:32+10:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services, HeiferWise, HerdWise|Tags: , , , |

Lungworm, caused by the round worm Dictyocaulus viviparus, generally occurs in heifers less than 10 months of age. In particular, those heifers with no immunity that are exposed to high numbers of worm larvae when put onto pasture (such as a group of Spring-born calves weaned onto pasture grazed by Autumn calves). Lungworm disease can

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Plant toxins and photosensitivity in cattle

By |2019-02-14T15:24:53+11:00February 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+10:00January 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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Salmonella vaccination – keep it in the family!

By |2019-05-20T11:27:57+10:00December 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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Plant poisons! Detectives at work…

By |2019-05-20T11:19:16+10:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Farm Services, HerdWise|Tags: , , |

At last week’s TAP’s On day at Timboon P-12, Dr Zoe Vogels helped organise a fun CSI Timboon activity. It involved students working through stations to help “Farmer Bob” work out what had caused his two cows to suddenly die.

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

By |2019-05-20T11:21:01+10:00October 30th, 2018|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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