Vaccine fever

By |2021-09-22T20:49:42+10:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

While vaccinations are particularly topical as conversation fodder this year (will you get the Pfizer or the AZ?) they have played an important part in human and animal disease prevention for over 200 years. So let’s talk about the history of vaccines and how they work... Vaccines through history Bacteria and viruses have been the

Biosecurity: the Big Four

By |2021-08-06T15:27:10+10:00August 6th, 2021|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , |

Farm biosecurity has three key aims: Prevent entry of disease, Contain spread if a disease does arrive on farm, and Minimize the impact of disaese if/when it occurs. When purchasing or agisting cattle, there are four key diseases that are important to be aware of: Pestivirus, Salmonella, Strep ag and Mycoplasma. Why? They all have

Salmonella in Dairy Herds

By |2021-05-19T20:33:04+10:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , |

The Salmonella bacteria is a serious cause of disease in calves and cows. It most often presents as diarrhoea - in an individual animal or as an outbreak, with many animals falling sick. There are thousands of different strains of Salmonella: typhimurium, bovismorbificans, zanzibar, anatum, dublin and newport are the most common strains we’ve cultured

Calf colostral antibodies: how to get from none to lots!

By |2021-05-02T17:13:47+10:00May 2nd, 2021|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , , |

Because of the structure of the bovine placenta, calves are born without any antibodies (aka "immunoglobulins" or "IgG"). Instead a calf relies on drinking colostrum, which contains antibodies that the cow has transferred from her blood stream. Once ingested, these colostral antibodies still have to be absorbed across the calf's intestines into their blood stream.

The importance of diagnostic testing

By |2021-03-29T06:29:19+11:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , |

Getting the correct diagnosis is an important part of herd health. This is both when investigating disease outbreaks or when monitoring herd performance. Below are just some of the diagnostic tests we have available at the Vet Group. Have a read and talk to one of our vets if you would like more information! In-house

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,

Make sure pet treats aren’t toxic this Christmas!

By |2020-12-03T09:58:57+11:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: General Health, Petcare|Tags: , , , |

Our ever-reliable farm dogs, dairy cats and house-hold pets deserve a festive treat for helping us get through 2020. But it's important that these treats don't actually make them sick! Below are some festive foods that are important to avoid; help your pets to stay healthy and keep up their good work for another 12

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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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Toxic Troubles

By |2020-10-09T10:59:58+11:00October 8th, 2020|Categories: General Health, MilkWise|Tags: , , |

Recently we have seen a few cases of cows with toxic mastitis. In this scenario, cows with mastitis become very sick, very quickly and are often unable to stand. They need to be treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, electrolytes and fluids. Even with this supportive care they can sometimes die. We find two bacteria associated with

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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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