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Minerals Though the Transition Period2 weeks

The Transition period, commonly known as the springer period, is the stage at which the cow is transitioning from being a dry cow to a lactating cow. There are two main topics regarding minerals over the transition period; calcium status …Read More

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Making good decisions about which cows to dry off & which to milk on1 month

It’s no secret that days in milk is a big driver of overall performance on NZ dairy farms and milking well into May is essential for late season cash-flow.  The challenge that everyone faces in early Autumn, is making good …Read More

Fractured shoulders in first calvers2 months

What are your youngstock up too? As many of you will be aware over the last few years, we have seen some farms experiencing first calvers fracturing shoulders during their few months in milk. This is a catastrophic injury for …Read More

Franklin Vets large animal newsletter Dec 2018

Franklin Vets Farm Update December 20184 months

The latest news from the large animal team including: New clinic to open in Waitakaruru Getting BCS right Don’t forget about your calves now they are weaned M.bovis update Study results – foetal loss in ewe hoggets and vaccination against toxoplasmosis …Read More

Autumn pregnancy scan results so far5 months

We have been very impressed with our autumn farms scanning results so far. Most farms are achieving an improvement from last season in terms of their 6-week Incalf rates, with the average 6-sitting at 70%. The average empty rate is …Read More

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Early Season Milk Quality Review Case Study5 months

Many farmers have battled with somatic cell count, trying to achieve better results and using their herd tests to identify problem animals. Somatic cell count is the easiest way we have of assessing the likelihood of an animal having an …Read More

Bull in paddock

Bull mating season preparation5 months

Getting the bull mating part of the mating period right is not hard, but needs a bit of timely planning. Things to think about when preparing for bull mating: Breed Keep in mind that the breed of bull chosen for …Read More

Franklin Vets Farm Sept 2018 Newsletter

Franklin Vets Farm Update September 20186 months

The latest Dairy, Sheep & Beef newsletter from the large animal team at Franklin Vets with articles from our vets, including the latest on Mycoplasma bovis, plus all the good deals going at the moment.

beef in paddock

Clostridial Vaccines6 months

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 practice7 months

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 disease7 months

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 Act7 months

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