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

By |2019-06-03T16:44:37+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 |2019-06-03T00:22:06+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 |2019-05-20T11:25:36+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 |2019-05-20T11:25:46+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 eliminate

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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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