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,

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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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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Photosensitivity in cattle

By |2020-10-12T10:51:09+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 |2020-12-21T12:17:56+11:00December 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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