Remembrance Day: World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic

By |2020-11-10T14:01:34+11:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The influenza ("flu") pandemic of 1918-1919 was brutal. In two years it infected 500 million people around the globe (roughly a third of the world's population) and at least 50 million people died. This was more than twice the number of people who died in the four years of World War I. The war itself

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Lungworm alert

By |2020-11-02T15:24:17+11:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, Farm Services, HeiferWise, HerdWise|Tags: , , , |

We have seen a number of cases of lungworm in young heifers in the district, so thought it would be good to revisit how this nasty parasite works. Lungworm, caused by the round worm Dictyocaulus viviparus, usually occurs in heifers less than 10 months of age. In particular, those heifers with no immunity that are

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Fractured legs in heifers? Think copper deficiency!

By |2020-10-20T10:08:54+11:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: General Health, HeiferWise|Tags: , , , |

In the last 12 months we have had a number of farms where maiden heifers - at the point of calving or in the weeks soon after calving - spontaneously fracture the humerus in a front leg. This is distressing for everyone as there is nothing that can be done and the heifers need to

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Toxic Troubles

By |2020-10-09T10:59:58+11:00October 8th, 2020|Categories: General Health, MilkWise|Tags: , , |

Recently we have seen a few cases of cows with toxic mastitis. In this scenario, cows with mastitis become very sick, very quickly and are often unable to stand. They need to be treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, electrolytes and fluids. Even with this supportive care they can sometimes die. We find two bacteria associated with

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Making butter outa grass

By |2020-08-27T07:30:31+10:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

As John Williamson sings, dairy farmers "make a living making butter outa grass"! And this is very true. When a cow eats grass (or grain, hay or silage), the bacteria in her rumen ferment these feedstuffs into volatile fatty acids or "VFAs". Of these VFAs: Propionate is converted to glucose, which is then used by

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Louis Pasteur: a dairy hero!

By |2020-08-20T07:49:13+10:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , , , |

Analysis of ancient pottery has shown that  humans have been consuming cheese and other dairy products for more than 7000 years. Recently, scientists discovered an actual chunk of 3300 year old cheese from an Egyptian tomb. And in it, they found traces of the bacteria that causes the nasty disease brucellosis. And this is where

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More Cheese, Gromit

By |2020-08-20T07:49:30+10:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Cheese is a great example of human diversity and ingenuity. From the desert to the Swiss alps, five simple ingredients—milk, bacteria, rennet, salt and time—have been turned into thousands of types of cheese. So how about a closer look at some of the steps involved in making cheese: the image above shows just a few

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Got milk?

By |2020-08-20T07:49:44+10:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Recently, Dairy Australia announced their 2020 Milk Quality Award winners. These are the dairy farms that produce the best of the best milk in the country; our congratulations to them all! So let's talk about milk some more... What makes up milk? There is variation between breeds, individual cows and time of year, but on

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#maskupvictoria

By |2020-08-03T08:43:32+10:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , |

Monday the 3rd of August 2020 In addition to the Level 3 restrictions that were announced for Regional Victoria yesterday, from today (almost) everyone aged 12 and above must wear a face covering when they leave home. When we talk, breath, cough, sneeze, or laugh, the large, wet, heavy respiratory droplets fall relatively quickly. If

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Lasalocid (Bovatec) toxicity: be aware, and prepare!

By |2020-06-29T17:32:53+10:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: CalfWise, General Health|Tags: , , |

Lasalocid (aka Bovatec) is a regular additive to cattle feed. It's used as a preventative for coccidiosis in calves. However, lasalocid toxicity has been a regular cause of disease and death over the years and so we wanted to raise awareness about the potential risk it poses. How does lasalocid work? Lasalocid is classed as

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