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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

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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

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Mycoplasma mastitis – what it is and how to avoid it

By |2018-01-13T18:24:11+10:00September 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

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Responsible mastitis management

By |2018-01-13T18:07:48+10:00September 10th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , |

The World Health Organisation warns that the increasing emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will be the number one cause of human death in the next 30 years, if judicious and strategic use of antibiotics/antivirals in human and animal medicine is not put into daily practice.  As reported last month, increased pressure will be applied to

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Field trial Teatseal reduces ICCC and BMCC in early lactation

By |2018-01-13T18:09:49+10:00June 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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Teatseal to prevent clinical mastitis in maiden heifers

By |2018-01-13T18:20:07+10:00February 13th, 2017|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , |

Dr Zoe Vogels BVSc, MANZCVS Heifers are most susceptible to clinical mastitis and high cell counts within the first few weeks of calving. This is due to opening of the teat ends just prior to calving that allows bacteria, such as Strep uberis, to enter the udder. While incidence rates vary depending on seasonal conditions

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