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Calving First Aid Refresher

By |2018-08-26T19:18:56+11:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With the new season’s calves starting to make an appearance we thought it would be timely to revisit the physiology of the calving process and the common reasons why interventions may be required. As with any medical emergency, the success of calving first aid is highly dependent on the prompt and effective action. There are

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Vaccines for the prevention of calf scours

By |2018-08-26T19:20:30+11:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

February 2018 Vaccines for the prevention of calf scours Over the past two years, the use of vaccines for the control of calf scours has become commonplace on many local dairy farms. They are an important and relatively inexpensive management tool which when used correctly can have significant positive impact on calf morbidity and mortality.

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Calves and cold stress

By |2018-01-13T18:10:37+11:00May 20th, 2017|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

Like most baby mammals, calves are less capable of regulating their body temperature than adults. If a calf feels cold stress, its growth rate will slow down and it will be more susceptible to health issues. Animals have a thermo neutral zone where they are at a comfortable temperature and don’t need to use any

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Calf starters

By |2018-01-13T18:10:48+11:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

A dairy cow’s stomach is made up of four parts and relies heavily on fermentation for the digestive process (rumination). The four stomach parts are reticulum, rumen, omasum and abomasum (see figure 3 below). The reticulum and the rumen is where fermentation occur, the omasum absorbs water and minerals from the rumen, and the abomasum

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Stress and calves

By |2018-01-13T18:22:17+11:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

Zoe Vogels What happens when something stresses a calf? At a physiological level, it sets off a chain of chemical reactions in response to the stressful event. The calf’s brain tells the adrenal glands to make the hormone cortisol. Cortisol increases the blood pressure, makes the heart beat more strongly, diverts blood to the

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Maximising the benefits of Colostrum for new born calves

By |2018-01-13T18:21:01+11:00March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

Calves are born with no natural protection from disease and it can take 3 to 4 weeks for them to develop their own antibodies. One of the best ways to protect your calves during this time, is to give them colostrum ─ the first milk produced by the cow or heifer after she has calved.

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