The importance of diagnostic testing

By |2021-03-29T06:29:19+11:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , |

Getting the correct diagnosis is an important part of herd health. This is both when investigating disease outbreaks or when monitoring herd performance. Below are just some of the diagnostic tests we have available at the Vet Group. Have a read and talk to one of our vets if you would like more information! In-house

Know the enemy: Mycoplasma!

By |2020-12-15T20:54:41+11:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, HerdWise, MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Mycoplasma is a bacterial infection of cows and calves. There are several strains that can cause disease but Mycoplasma bovis is the most common. We have seen more Mycoplasma in the district over the last couple of years, and it is a disease that everyone should be aware of. We see Mycoplasma disease present in

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Mastitis: how to avoid a “dys-aster”

By |2019-12-12T12:44:36+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

Recently, there’s been one mastitis pathogen that’s been bugging farmers more than normal. Frustrated by higher than normal clinical case rates and/or bulk milk cell counts, in-house cultures have found Strep dysgalactiae to be one of the pathogens involved (we’ll call it Strep dys as it's much easier to say!) Where does Strep dys come

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A Tale of Two Milk Cultures

By |2019-09-06T17:53:29+10:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Mastitis in cows can be caused by many different bacteria. But knowing which bacteria is causing a problem on farm helps focus efforts to prevent new infections. The photo below is of two milk cultures that were recently done at one of our clinics. The agar plates we use have three different types of agar:

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We have a new service: In-house milk cultures!

By |2019-05-20T11:28:31+10:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services, MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

The last few months we have been trialling a new system for milk cultures at the clinic. Compared to other systems we think it offers our farmers great value for money. How much will it cost? $23 (inc GST) per sample, regardless of the number submitted. This will be a substantial saving for you, especially

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Teatsealing heifers – we can make it a breeze

By |2019-05-20T11:28:50+10:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , |

For herds frustrated by clinical and subclinical mastitis in their heifers at calving time, Teatsealing them 4–6 weeks before calving start date can reduce clinical and subclinical mastitis in the weeks after calving by 65–80% (or more). Why does it work? The normal keratin plug that blocks the end of the teat will often not

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Taiwan Trip 2018

By |2019-05-20T11:24:36+10:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

By Zoe Vogels Last month I came back from another 10-day trip to Taiwan – myself and colleague Liz Bramley gave presentations to farmers and vets on milk quality and visited a few of Taiwan’s 500-odd dairy farms. With a population of ~23 million living in an area the quarter of the size of Tasmania,

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Abrupt or gradual cessation of milking at dry off; which method is best?

By |2018-08-26T19:22:00+10:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Abrupt or gradual cessation of milking at dry off; which method is best? By Dr Peter Younis For many years the recommendation from Countdown has been that abrupt cessation of milking should be practiced for cows giving less than 12 litres per day. For cows producing more than this, it is desirable to reduce production

The importance of teat spray

By |2018-08-26T19:32:05+10:00September 30th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dr Zoe Vogels Most bacteria that cause mastitis get into the udder through the teat canal. It follows that the more we can reduce bacteria on the teat end, the better we can reduce the risk of mastitis. Post milking teat spray is important for two reasons: the first is that it helps kill any

Mycoplasma mastitis – what it is and how to avoid it

By |2018-01-13T18:24:11+11:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Dr Alex Crosbie Mastitis in any form is a costly frustration for many farms. While the majority of cases in Victoria continue to be caused by bacteria acquired from the environment, serious outbreaks of contagious mastitis have occurred in some herds. Mycoplasma is a mastitis-causing pathogen capable of causing such outbreaks, because it can spread