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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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The where, why and how of getting into Vet School

By |2019-11-07T10:24:42+11:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health, Petcare|Tags: , , |

Have you, or your friends or family, ever thought about being a vet? Read on as Dr Izzy Moorhead answers the where, why and how of getting into Vet School. Where can you study vet in Australia? Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) University of Adelaide (Adelaide, South Australia) Charles Sturt University ("CSU", Wagga wagga, New

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Braving the elements (copper and selenium that is!)

By |2019-10-30T07:23:31+11:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , |

Dr Sarah Matthews Have you ever had a heifer with a spontaneously broken leg? Or young stock that have light, scruffy coats and struggle to put on weight? If you have, then you are not alone. Copper and selenium are two of the key trace elements required by cattle for growth, production and good health.

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No cell walls = no prison for these bacteria!

By |2019-10-13T08:00:51+11:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , , |

A short, 22 second video of bacteria multiplying was doing the rounds of the internet last week. But why did it have so many scientists excited? First, a bit of an explanation about how bacteria grow and multiply… What do bacteria look like? Bacteria are single cell organisms and can be round, rod-shaped or wavy. 

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Calf scour bugs: who are they and why are they so frustrating!

By |2019-09-24T07:34:58+11:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , |

Last week was #InternationalMicroorganismDay, so we thought we'd shine the light on some of the microbes that can be the most frustrating: those that cause calf scours! The microbes that cause calf scours (aka calf diarrhoea) can be viruses, bacteria and/or protozoa that damage the lining of the gut. This means that the milk and

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Caution: avoiding abamectin toxicity in calves!

By |2019-09-06T10:12:26+11:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , , |

Toxicities that cause disease and death of calves are luckily few and far between. When they do occur – sometimes from a simple mistake - it is extremely upsetting for those involved. But ­ if we can use the bad as a timely reminder, we can help ensure it doesn't happen to anyone else. Recently

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Cows with bells! The beauty of alpine pastures…

By |2019-09-06T12:09:55+11:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: General Health, MilkWise|Tags: , , |

If you look down at a mix of clover, daisies and dandelions in Australia it doesn't seem particularly special. But high up in the mountains of France or Switzerland, they become something amazing! These mountain pastures, known as "alpage", are part of a particular type of farming that holds an important place in French and

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