The Franklin Vets Blog

Our Vets love to share their experiences, knowledge and stories.

Mating management – service bulls and semen1 week

Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) is spread from infected to uninfected groups of cattle through the movement of cattle and the feeding of milk containing the bacteria. The risk of transmission via semen is low. Testing for M. bovis There is …Read More

bull in paddock

How do you know your bulls are up to standard?1 week

With mating just around the corner, do you know how many bulls you will need for your herd? Do you know how well your bulls will perform?  Be confident you have made the right decisions before mating begins. Bulls play …Read More

newborn foal & mare

The 1, 2, 3’s of Foaling2 weeks

Foaling season is here! Most mares can deliver their foal without assistance. However, many owners want to be there for the big event and because time is so critical in the foaling process, preparation is key to a positive outcome. …Read More

vet on farm

Non-cycler treatment for highest in-calf rates4 weeks

Give non-cyclers a helping hand – Timely intervention = best payback True or false? Treating non-cycling cows breeds for infertility. False! Most cows that fail to ovulate by the planned start of mating (PSM) are later calvers or are in energy …Read More

vet condition scoring

Body Condition Score (BCS) change to mating4 weeks

With calving almost over its time to start thinking about the plan for the next few months coming up to mating. The body condition score of the herd is a key area to keep an eye on to help ensure this mating …Read More

Bayer tailpaint

Get your tail paint on4 weeks

Every heat detected leading to a pregnancy ensures an average 25kg MS in production in the following season (21 days x 1.2kg milk solids = 25kg) and conversely, every missed heat loses you around $250 dollars. This means that heat …Read More

The benefits of synchronising heifers4 weeks

Fast forward your genetic gain by synchronising heifers for more milk, faster. Genomic selection. Speed-breeding. DNA screening. Call it what you will, modern biotechnology has given us the ability to breed better animals, faster, in ways that would have seemed …Read More

What dental x-rays & diagnostic tests tell us4 weeks

Katie is one of our senior cats who came to see us a year ago for dental work as she had very inflamed gums around some teeth that were causing pain. Being an older cat, we wanted to make sure …Read More


Beat the heat – de-sex your pet before kitten and puppy season4 weeks

Part of being a responsible pet owner is de-sexing (spaying and neutering). There are many benefits to your pet as well as to the wider community by helping to reduce pet overpopulation. Male dogs benefit from de-sexing by reducing behaviours …Read More

two goats in paddock

Caring for your goats4 weeks

As a dedicated Lifestyle Block vet, I can vouch for the fact that the number of goats kept as pets in the area, is on the rise. We all know that goat kids are very cute and can be very …Read More

cat with inflamed mouth from stomatitis

Hugh the cat with stomatitis4 weeks

Hugh is a lovely tabby and white male cat and he is only 1 year old. He presented to our clinic dribbling and with very smelly breath. On examination, he was found to have gingivitis and stomatitis. His gums and …Read More

Mika the mastiff following abdominal surgery for a foreign body blockage

Mika the mastiff’s emergency surgery4 weeks

Mika is a lovely 18-month-old Neapolitan Mastiff, who came into our Pukekohe clinic having refused food for 24 hours and vomited a couple of times. Mika was extremely depressed, with a low temperature, high heart rate, and gums that were …Read More