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Antibiotic resistance (AMR) Changing expectations that will impact on your farm

By |2018-01-13T18:08:11+11:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

You will all be familiar with the media stories of superbugs resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a growing worldwide problem in both human and animal health. Over the past two seasons outbreaks of multi-drug resistant Salmonella on local farms have brought this issue into sharper focus. The Australian Government has released the first National

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Metrichecking – an important tool

By |2018-01-13T18:23:41+11:00August 20th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Dr Liz Hancock Reproductive management for every calving period on your farm will contribute to better reproduction outcomes. In the lead up to each mating start date, managers should consider examination and early intervention treatment for at risk cows. Endometritis is an infection of the inner most layer of the uterus and is a common

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Report from Taiwan – happy cows = more milk

By |2018-01-14T16:57:54+11:00August 8th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , |

Dr Zoe Vogels This June I was lucky enough to spend ten days in Taiwan. Myself and a fellow vet, Liz Bramley, gave talks on reproduction (such as diseases and synchrony programs) and cow behaviour and handling. We visited a number of dairy farms too. While small in size, the island of Taiwan has a

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Preventative blocks for bulls

By |2018-01-14T16:58:18+11:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Applying rubber blocks to your bull team is a very affordable treatment to help prevent bulls going lame during joining. Bull blocking is a service provided by The Vet Group’s vets and technicians where reduced thickness rubber blocks are applied across all four feet of a bull, using the latest glue technology from the USA.

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Field trial Teatseal reduces ICCC and BMCC in early lactation

By |2018-01-13T18:09:49+11:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

There has recently been an important registration change for teatseal, meaning it is now registered for use in reducing BMCC, as opposed to just preventing clinical mastitis. Clinical mastitis Is an infection of the mammary gland which results in; Heat, redness, pain and swelling in the udder; and/or Visible changes in the milk (e.g. watery

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Is your bull team match fit?

By |2018-01-13T18:09:56+11:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , |

Successful coaches do everything they can to make sure their teams are match fit before the season starts. A pre-season fitness test, pre-season training and appropriate footwear all contribute to a team’s readiness. The same applies to your bull team if you want to successfully use them for natural mating after AI. Local research conducted

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New age of livestock medication arrives

By |2018-01-14T16:58:25+11:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , |

World-first technology has arrived in the south-west that is revolutionising the way farmers administer and record drugs given to their livestock. The system sees an end to unreliable, inaccurate injector guns and replaces them with an automatic, traceable, tamper-proof applicator that prevents underdosing and overdosing. The Vet Group managing director Matt Makin said the automed

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New hip lifting device

By |2018-01-13T18:10:20+11:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

No matter how hard we try, most dairy farmers will experience the need to nurse down cows at some point throughout the calving season. Apart from high quality bedding, shelter, rolling, food, water and anti-inflammatory medications, it is also necessary on occasion to lift these cows using a tractor or other device. Alternatively, it is

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