Vaccine fever

By |2021-09-22T20:49:42+10:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

While vaccinations are particularly topical as conversation fodder this year (will you get the Pfizer or the AZ?) they have played an important part in human and animal disease prevention for over 200 years. So let’s talk about the history of vaccines and how they work... Vaccines through history Bacteria and viruses have been the

Biosecurity: the Big Four

By |2021-08-06T15:27:10+10:00August 6th, 2021|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , |

Farm biosecurity has three key aims: Prevent entry of disease, Contain spread if a disease does arrive on farm, and Minimize the impact of disaese if/when it occurs. When purchasing or agisting cattle, there are four key diseases that are important to be aware of: Pestivirus, Salmonella, Strep ag and Mycoplasma. Why? They all have

Braving the elements (copper and selenium that is!)

By |2019-10-30T07:23:31+11:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , |

Dr Sarah Matthews Have you ever had a heifer with a spontaneously broken leg? Or young stock that have light, scruffy coats and struggle to put on weight? If you have, then you are not alone. Copper and selenium are two of the key trace elements required by cattle for growth, production and good health.

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Test before you drench – Getting a bang for your drenching buck

By |2018-08-26T19:30:37+10:00November 11th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr Monica Ryan Best practice for worm drenching is to Faecal Egg Count (FEC) test before you drench. No longer does worm control advice advocate routine drenching at set intervals. Drenching only when needed saves money and reduces the chance of resistance developing to the drench through overuse. Well grown heifers meeting their weight targets