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Welcoming Dr Poot and Dr Moorhead

By |2019-02-14T15:25:59+10:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

We would like to introduce two new veterinarians who started with us at The Vet Group in January - Dr Tessa Poot and Dr Isabelle Moorhead. Tessa hails from Karratha in WA, while Izzy (although Melbourne born) has spent the last few years up at Townsville. Both well-acclimatised to Australia's searing heat, they've taken to

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We love our island home…because it makes biosecurity easier!

By |2019-05-20T11:26:39+10:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , , |

What do we love about living in Australia? The varied landscape, the low population density, the unique animals, sausage sizzles, lamingtons, pavlova, the beaches! As vets, we also love that we don’t have many significant animal diseases, such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, rabies and foot and mouth disease (also known as FMD). We call these serious

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Plant toxins and photosensitivity in cattle

By |2019-02-14T15:24:53+10:00February 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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Microbe maths!

By |2019-05-20T11:27:43+10:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bacteria are amazing little critters. They can do so much good, such as fermenting the feedstuffs in cows’ rumens to provide them with the nutrients to live, grow and produce milk. They can also do so much bad, for example E. coli and Salmonella can cause severe diarrhoea and sometimes death in calves.

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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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Colostral antibodies: calves’ gold star troops

By |2019-05-20T11:28:13+10:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

At our recent CalfWise workshop, the topic of colostrum antibodies came up: what they are and why they are important. As it’s time to start planning colostral vaccinations we thought it would be worth revisiting.

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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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We have a new service: In-house milk cultures!

By |2019-05-20T11:28:31+10:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services, MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

The last few months we have been trialling a new system for milk cultures at the clinic. Compared to other systems we think it offers our farmers great value for money. How much will it cost? $23 (inc GST) per sample, regardless of the number submitted. This will be a substantial saving for you, especially

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HeiferWise Workshop

By |2018-11-14T08:50:46+10:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services, HeiferWise|Tags: |

Workshop: 20th of December 2018 & 7th February 2019 We all want heifer rearing to be an efficient, rewarding and profitable element of dairy farming. The better job we do rearing heifers, the better their long-term reproductive performance and milk production will be. The HeiferWise workshop gives you the tools to have a proactive approach

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