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CalfWise Workshop 17 & 19 October

By |2019-05-20T11:22:48+11:00September 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 |2019-05-20T11:23:05+11:00September 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 |2019-05-20T11:25:03+11:00July 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+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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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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Transition to a less stressful calving period

By |2018-01-13T18:21:16+11:00March 13th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Dr Tom Walsh Calving has become a year round activity in our region which means it is more important than ever to make it a routine process rather than a stressful one. Having a good transition plan will go a long way to ensuring that the calving period will fit in with the work flow

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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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