Autumn pregnancy scan results so far3 weeks

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 Study1 month

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

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Bull mating season preparation1 month

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 20182 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.

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Clostridial Vaccines2 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 practice3 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 disease3 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 Act3 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

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Lepto – protecting your herd, yourself and your workers3 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 Kauwhata3 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?3 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 & weighing3 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