What’s the deal with dung beetles?

By |2020-03-13T11:05:07+11:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Farm Services, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , , , |

Would you like something else to talk about rather than Coronavirus? Need something to distract you from the lack of toilet paper in the shops? Read on to learn more about some pretty nifty little creatures: dung beetles! Dung beetles: what do they do? Dung beetles - also known as scarabs, dorbeetles, tumble bugs and

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50 years of dairy vet-ting!

By |2020-03-05T07:24:17+11:00March 4th, 2020|Categories: General Health|Tags: , , , , |

This years' Heytesbury Show celebrated 50 years at Simpson (after moving from Heytesbury Lower). In honour of this milestone, we created a short handout as part of our Mystery Showbag offering. It looked back at how things have changed in the dairy vet world in the last 50 years and we thought we'd summarise it

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Signs of snake bite in your pets

By |2020-02-17T07:43:30+11:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Farm Services, Petcare|Tags: , , |

This season has seen a constant presentation of snake-bitten dogs and cats to the clinic, so we thought it worth a reminder of what signs you may see in your animals when they’ve been bitten by a snake: An initial collapse and vomiting (sometime this is followed by apparent recovery but indicates a potentially lethal

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Colostral vaccines: Scourshield vs Rotavec Corona

By |2020-02-04T15:03:52+11:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, General Health, HerdWise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Colostral vaccines are an important tool for managing calf scours caused by Rotavirus, Coronavirus and E. coli. These vaccines are given to cows and heifers prior to calving and the antibodies the cows produce are concentrated into their colostrum. The calf still needs to be fed this first-milking colostrum soon after birth so that the

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Coronavirus – should we be concerned about cows and calves?

By |2020-02-04T15:12:59+11:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , , , |

The start of 2020 has been pretty eventful. Apart from bushfires, hail storms, dust clouds (and the Australian Open!), our news feeds have also been full of stories about a new coronavirus infecting people. Declared a global health emergency this morning, the virus (officially called "2019-nCoV" and unofficially called "Wuhan") has infected almost 10,000 people

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Preparing your dairy farm for a bushfire

By |2020-01-06T17:40:13+11:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Farm Services, General Health|Tags: , , |

It has been a horrible start to 2020, with bushfires raging across the country.  We thought it would be timely to post this checklist of questions to ask of yourself (collated from various sources such as the CFA and Dairy Australia). Make a time to sit down with your family and farm staff to go

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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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Heifer mastitis and blind quarters

By |2019-11-18T08:11:25+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, HeiferWise, MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever wondered how many heifers have blind quarters or mastitis 1 to 2 months before calving? Well wonder no more! We've tipped and teatsealed a lot of heifers over the years. Sometimes we’ll diagnose heifers with mastitis: swelling and hardness of the gland and a thick, custard-like secretion. While in-house cultures of these

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Of poppies and pigeons…

By |2019-11-11T05:52:08+11:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Zoe Vogels It's always nice to see a good news story, and this week's one comes from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. A pigeon was caught stealing poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, using them to make a beautiful red nest. Given it's the 11th of November, how about a departure from

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The where, why and how of getting into Vet School

By |2019-11-07T10:24:42+11:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Farm Services, General Health, Petcare|Tags: , , |

Have you, or your friends or family, ever thought about being a vet? Read on as Dr Izzy Moorhead answers the where, why and how of getting into Vet School. Where can you study vet in Australia? Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) University of Adelaide (Adelaide, South Australia) Charles Sturt University ("CSU", Wagga wagga, New

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