lamb milk rumenitis

Fluffy the lamb’s recovery from milk rumenitis2 months

This is “Fluffy-bum” (another child-anointed name). Let’s call him Fluffy. Fluffy had always seemed shy, quiet and pensive. According to his foster mum, he had never bleated, jumped or played with the other lambs, and just seemed, all-round, unenthusiastic. Which …Read More

mr waffles and sarah in vet ute

Mr Waffles’ blocked urethra3 months

Mr Waffles lives with his best friend Lola… And he is the boss. But everything changed the day he developed crystals in his urine, which formed a blockage in the urethra (the tube that carries urine to the outside world). …Read More

Ewe in hammock sling for nerve damage

Chloe the ewe’s hammock therapy for nerve damage3 months

Chloe the ewe was another victim to Sleepy Sickness, where her energy intake could not meet the demands of her multiple lambs during pregnancy. However, this was not her only hurdle. Feeling unwell, Chloe found herself nestled up in a …Read More

triplet lambs born after c-section

Caesarean for ewe with sleepy sickness4 months

Pregnancy ketosis, or “sleepy sickness” is an illness that affects pregnant ewes in the third trimester of pregnancy. The illness is caused by excessive fat breakdown to meet the ewe’s energy requirements and, as such, those carrying multiple lambs are …Read More

lamb ICU

The tiniest warrior you’ve ever seen!4 months

Tiny Bruno, weighing in at just 1.03 kg, and big brother Baxter, at 3 kg, came to stay at Franklin Vets after a rough first few days left them on the brink. Bruno and Baxter are the only surviving siblings …Read More

Salmonella – What is it and what can you do about it?4 months

  Let’s be honest here, we’ve all had or have had someone close to you experience a bout 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

cows grazing

Latest Mycoplasma bovis update4 months

There is a large amount of valuable information being created around Mycoplasma bovis. At present the three best reads are: Mycoplasma bovis response, Stakeholder update 100, 20 July 2018. Guidance for Beef Cattle farmers from Beef & Lamb NZ The MPI …Read More

Daisy the calf after debudding

Daisy and friends lose their horn buds5 months

What a picturesque morning for a snooze in the sun. Daisy and her friends slept the morning away as we removed their wee horn buds, (known as debudding) so they can grow up safely, without the risk of accidentally hurting …Read More

Beef & Sheep Newsletter

Franklin Vets Sheep & Beef Update June 20185 months

The latest 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.

goat grazing

Beware the resistant worm6 months

Do you have sheep or goats with pooey bums despite appropriate drenching? We have been seeing a rise in parasite resistance in recent years, especially in sheep and goats. This essentially means that certain parasites have been evolving to outsmart …Read More


Beware of Toxic Plants7 months

While most toxic plants taste bitter and are usually avoided by stock, occasionally hunger, curiosity or a deceptively tasty plant will lead to illness. Here are just a few of the plant toxicities we encounter in New Zealand. Rhododendron   …Read More

jersey calves

Treating scouring calves7 months

Bonnie and Clyde are two precious Jersey calves, adopted by one of our local lifestylers at just a few days old. Within days Clyde began to scour badly. His appetite vanished, and he became dehydrated and depressed. Bonnie followed in …Read More