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World Milk Day 2020

By |2020-06-01T12:05:25+10:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

For the last 20 years, June 1st has been World Milk Day. It was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to celebrate the importance of milk as both a nutritious food and a source of livelihoods across the globe. Milk is not just cow's milk. It can come from sheep, goats,

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Mastitis: how to avoid a “dys-aster”

By |2019-12-12T12:44:36+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

Recently, there’s been one mastitis pathogen that’s been bugging farmers more than normal. Frustrated by higher than normal clinical case rates and/or bulk milk cell counts, in-house cultures have found Strep dysgalactiae to be one of the pathogens involved (we’ll call it Strep dys as it's much easier to say!) Where does Strep dys come

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Heifer mastitis and blind quarters

By |2019-11-18T08:11:25+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, HeiferWise, MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever wondered how many heifers have blind quarters or mastitis 1 to 2 months before calving? Well wonder no more! We've tipped and teatsealed a lot of heifers over the years. Sometimes we’ll diagnose heifers with mastitis: swelling and hardness of the gland and a thick, custard-like secretion. While in-house cultures of these

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Cows with bells! The beauty of alpine pastures…

By |2019-09-06T12:09:55+10:00August 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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A Tale of Two Milk Cultures

By |2019-09-06T17:53:29+10:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Mastitis in cows can be caused by many different bacteria. But knowing which bacteria is causing a problem on farm helps focus efforts to prevent new infections. The photo below is of two milk cultures that were recently done at one of our clinics. The agar plates we use have three different types of agar:

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Milk Trivia

By |2019-07-17T11:39:09+10:00June 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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We have a new service: In-house milk cultures!

By |2019-05-20T11:28:31+10:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services, MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

The last few months we have been trialling a new system for milk cultures at the clinic. Compared to other systems we think it offers our farmers great value for money. How much will it cost? $23 (inc GST) per sample, regardless of the number submitted. This will be a substantial saving for you, especially

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