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Microbe maths!

By |2019-01-14T11:18:56+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Bacteria are amazing little critters. They can do so much good, such as fermenting the feedstuffs in cows’ rumens to provide them with the nutrients to live, grow and produce milk. They can also do so much bad, for example E. coli and Salmonella can cause severe diarrhoea and sometimes death in calves.

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Salmonella vaccination – keep it in the family!

By |2018-12-31T09:22:57+00:00December 31st, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

While we all spend time with family these holidays, we thought we’d talk about our LEAST favourite family – Salmonella. This bacteria is a serious cause of diarrhoea in calves and cows (and lots of other animals for that matter – including us!) How does Salmonella show up? Clinically affected animals present with diarrhoea, depression,

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Colostral antibodies: calves’ gold star troops

By |2018-12-11T12:56:06+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

At our recent CalfWise workshop, the topic of colostrum antibodies came up: what they are and why they are important. As it’s time to start planning colostral vaccinations we thought it would be worth revisiting.

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CalfWise Workshop 17 & 19 October

By |2018-09-13T14:07:24+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , |

The Vet Group's CalfWise Workshops present the latest, topical information on calf rearing, relevant to our district.  Our CalfWise team focuses on practical advice to help you achieve healthier calves. The workshop is run over two days and participants come away with: A thorough understanding of the biology of calf immunity and infection Key points

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The Vet Group disbudding service – what’s involved?

By |2018-09-13T17:02:09+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services|Tags: , , |

Disbudding is an important procedure for the wellbeing, health and productivity of your valuable calves. The Vet Group’s disbudding service aims to provide a professional and consistent package that includes sedation, long-acting anti-inflammatory pain relief and local anaesthesia prior to hot iron cautery. Our disbudding team also checks for hernias, removes extra teats and treats

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Coccidiosis

By |2018-07-31T17:48:04+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Coccidiosis By Dr Zoe Vogels Coccidiosis is a protozoal infection of calves and heifers that can cause diarrhoea (scouring) and poor weight gain. As seen in the diagram below, calves become infected by ingestion of the "egg" or oocyst of coccidia from the pasture. Once infected, the parasite multiplies in the intestine of the calf

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Calving First Aid Refresher

By |2018-08-26T19:18:56+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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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