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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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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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50 years of dairy vet-ting!

By |2020-03-05T07:24:17+11:00March 4th, 2020|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , |

This years' Heytesbury Show celebrated 50 years at Simpson (after moving from Heytesbury Lower). In honour of this milestone, we created a short handout as part of our Mystery Showbag offering. It looked back at how things have changed in the dairy vet world in the last 50 years and we thought we'd summarise it

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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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Coronavirus – should we be concerned about cows and calves?

By |2020-02-04T15:12:59+11:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , , , |

The start of 2020 has been pretty eventful. Apart from bushfires, hail storms, dust clouds (and the Australian Open!), our news feeds have also been full of stories about a new coronavirus infecting people. Declared a global health emergency this morning, the virus (officially called "2019-nCoV" and unofficially called "Wuhan") has infected almost 10,000 people

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Preparing your dairy farm for a bushfire

By |2020-01-06T17:40:13+11:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , |

It has been a horrible start to 2020, with bushfires raging across the country.  We thought it would be timely to post this checklist of questions to ask of yourself (collated from various sources such as the CFA and Dairy Australia). Make a time to sit down with your family and farm staff to go

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