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Clostridial Vaccines5 days

Clostridial diseases are a group of infections that cause sudden death in animals. There are dozens of different Clostridial species, some of these diseases are common and well known such as tetanus and blackleg however, there are many diseases that …Read More

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Down cow best practice1 month

A high level of nursing care is essential for down cows to have the best chance of recovery. Proper nursing aids in treating her main disease as well as helping to prevent the secondary issues that come about as a …Read More

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Giving MultiMin to newborn calves reduces disease1 month

Vets and farmers are very accustomed to managing trace mineral levels in stock to avoid losses incurred due to clinical deficiency. Signs of these deficiencies include scours/illness from copper deficiency or poor growth rates/ill-thrift associated with low levels of selenium. …Read More

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Changes to Animal Welfare Act1 month

New Zealand is not only the world leaders in rugby, men’s shot put and mince n’ cheese pies! We also have the claim to being one of the top countries in the world for Animal Welfare assessed by the global …Read More

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Lepto – protecting your herd, yourself and your workers2 months

Leptospirosis, or “Lepto” as we know it is a bacteria that we vaccinate against yearly in our dairy herds. It can infect a range of animals including cows, sheep, pigs, dogs, rats and people! The vaccine we use to vaccinate …Read More

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Sustainable agriculture around Te Kauwhata2 months

Jim Cotman and Trevor Simpson are both dairy farm owners in the Te Kauwhata, north Waikato area. They have been working together, and with other primary stakeholders, to understand and help put policy together around water management on dairy and …Read More

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Antibiotic Resistance – What does it mean for me?2 months

There is no doubt that antibiotics were one of the most important discoveries of the 20th Century. They have undoubtedly saved millions of lives both human and animal, but have also made farming systems possible that otherwise would be unsustainable. …Read More

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Heifer healthcare & weighing2 months

Weighing is an important tool to guide timing of weaning and decisions to move calves to grazing properties. We suggest 110kg as the recommended minimum arrival weight at grazing if you expect your calves to have a good chance of …Read More

Salmonella – What is it and what can you do about it?2 months

  Let’s be honest here, we’ve all had or have had someone close to you experience a bought of salmonella. In humans, it’s a bad version of an Indian spicy vindaloo running out the back end on a Friday night. …Read More

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Controlling BVD – New screening for your calves2 months

With M.Bovis continuing to dominate rural headlines most of our clients have reviewed their farm biosecurity in an effort to protect their stock. It seems ironic that the coverage of a disease a very low prevalence (<1%) has prompted such …Read More

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Liz Macintosh’s Ruminations – Calving onto low pasture cover2 months

With calving coming into full swing, it looks like there are a few issues around the area with low average pasture cover (APC). With different mobs it can be hard to successfully allocate feed, especially in a pinch. Dry cows …Read More

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Mycoplasma bovis and Mating2 months

Mycoplasma is certainly not afraid of making the headlines so it’s probably fair to assume you’ve heard a thing or two about it? One area of dairy herd management and biosecurity that is still prompting a fair amount of discussion …Read More