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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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Sight and safety: looking at the world through cow-coloured glasses…

By |2019-07-23T07:49:50+11:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , |

I was recently asked how a cow sees the world and thought it would be worth posting something that I prepared for The Milk Maid Marian a number of years ago. The biology of how cows see the world and the behaviour that results is an interesting topic! Where it all began... Domestication of wild

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Minimising lameness this winter

By |2019-07-17T11:26:40+11:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , , |

Lame cows are frustrating, especially when the weather – which we have no control over – plays such a big part in increasing the risk of sore feet. Below are several things you can do to minimise the risk of lameness in wet conditions. This, in turn, will reduce the stress on your farm team

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Dairying in Taiwan – food for thought

By |2019-07-17T11:29:44+11:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , |

After several visits to Taiwan, this year was a little bit different in that myself and vet/nutritionist Liz Bramley circumnavigated the island and finally got to see the sights of the East Coast. There is only a small area for living and farming on this side as Taiwan - but it provided lots of

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Milk Trivia

By |2019-07-17T11:39:09+11:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: General Health, MilkWise|Tags: |

The first of June was World Milk Day, but over in the USA the whole of June is National Dairy Month. So how about some milk trivia to celebrate - you never know when it might come in handy at a trivia night! Who invented the milkshake? In Chicago, 1922, Walgreens' Ivar "Pop" Coulson added

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

By |2019-07-17T11:56:04+11:00June 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 |2019-07-17T11:54:53+11:00May 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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