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Autumn herd owners – are your cows ready to get in calf?

Autumn herd owners – are your cows ready to get in calf?

Monday, 4th May 2020
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets With most of our autumn calving herds starting mating in May, there are a number of challenges your cows face that make ...
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No grazing contract yet? No worries!

No grazing contract yet? No worries!

Friday, 1st May 2020
 
By Ashley O’Driscoll, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Ngaruawahia Your relationship with your grazier is usually fine until something goes wrong. Then suddenly you both realize that ...
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Transport

Transport

Friday, 1st May 2020
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville We have two big transport events coming up: 1st May (heifers and yearlings) and 1st June (Gypsy Day for cows and ...
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Biosecurity plan ready?

Biosecurity plan ready?

Tuesday, 28th April 2020
 
By Emma Franklin, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Matamata We have all learned a lot recently about how good biosecurity is an important tool to keep disease out. Gypsy Day is just ...
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What is your strategy to get the best out of your heifers?

What is your strategy to get the best out of your heifers?

Tuesday, 28th April 2020
 
By Arnica van der Wiele, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Ngatea When your heifers come home from grazing it is important to stop, look and ask yourself the question: “Have we set ...
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Even now doing an individual Body Condition Score (BCS) is a good Return On Investment? (ROI)

Even now doing an individual Body Condition Score (BCS) is a good Return On Investment? (ROI)

Tuesday, 28th April 2020
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Are you needing to make some tough decisions right now? With limited feed available on most farms we want the right ...
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May is the perfect time to review minerals on your farm

May is the perfect time to review minerals on your farm

Tuesday, 28th April 2020
 
By Julia Baynes, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville Autumn is here, and May is the perfect time to take stock of your mineral programme on farm. There are numerous ...
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Teatsealing in rotary sheds – Keeping our people and your heifers safer

Teatsealing in rotary sheds – Keeping our people and your heifers safer

Friday, 3rd April 2020
 
Teatsealing heifers is an important job on the farm and vet calendar. It can also be a dangerous job depending on heifer behaviour and shed configuration. At Anexa, the health and ...
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Body Condition Scoring – is it an essential service?

Body Condition Scoring – is it an essential service?

Friday, 3rd April 2020
 
In these unprecedented times, we are all asking questions about what is essential and what is not. Ensuring your cows are dried off at the right time, and then fed in the right ...
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Repro Round Up

Repro Round Up

Friday, 3rd April 2020
 
With a dry summer resulting in several busy months keeping feed and water up to herds and youngstock, your pregnancy testing results and in particular, your mating period ...
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Avoiding digestive upsets in cattle

Avoiding digestive upsets in cattle

Friday, 3rd April 2020
 
We are seeing some digestive upsets, so if you’re feeding more than 3-4kgDM supplement per cow per day to your milkers or dry cows then keep reading as this applies to ...
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April Animal Health Checklist

April Animal Health Checklist

Friday, 3rd April 2020
 
All farmsFacial eczema preventionEnsure that you have prevention plans in place for all your animals, and are supplementing with zinc and monitoring zinc levels. DrenchWe often ...
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So, you’re about to dry off? Here are 5 tips to help make the dry period smoother…

So, you’re about to dry off? Here are 5 tips to help make the dry period smoother…

Thursday, 2nd April 2020
 
By Jemma Guyton, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Te Aroha It’s better to be prepared, don’t wait until just before you dry off the herd to have your milk quality consult. Your vet ...
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Drying Off and Teat Sealant ‘How To’ Guides

Drying Off and Teat Sealant ‘How To’ Guides

Tuesday, 17th March 2020
 
Ensuring that your cows are dried off hygienically is essential, watch Anexa's gold standard how to guide here: Downloadable GuidesYou can view our downloadable guides by ...
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Animal Health Plans – what are they and why you want one

Animal Health Plans – what are they and why you want one

Friday, 6th March 2020
 
What’s is an Animal Health Plan (AHP)?Animal Health Plan’s record the activities you do or want to do over a season with your stock They are becoming a requirement of Milk ...
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Parasite/drenching youngstock

Parasite/drenching youngstock

Friday, 6th March 2020
 
Internal and external parasites in youngstock can have a massive effect on the weight gain and health of these animals. Knowing when to drench and what to drench with can be ...
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Why are vets always talking about hygiene during dry off?

Why are vets always talking about hygiene during dry off?

Wednesday, 4th March 2020
 
By Jemma Guyton, Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Services Even if you have been lucky enough to avoid having sick cows on your own farm after drying off, you more than likely have ...
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Two fat ladies

Two fat ladies

Wednesday, 4th March 2020
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Gordonton During the last month or so it’s been quite interesting to see cow condition in multiple herds while pregnancy ...
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The science behind the art of drying off cows

The science behind the art of drying off cows

Wednesday, 4th March 2020
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Services The first few days after drying off are a high-risk time for cows to get mastitis. This is due to many factors ...
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The Big Dry

The Big Dry

Wednesday, 4th March 2020
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets After our very kind winter and continued grass growth through the spring, the tables have now turned and somewhat earlier than we are ...
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Are you keeping an eye out for pink eye?

Are you keeping an eye out for pink eye?

Wednesday, 4th March 2020
 
By Emma Bullock, Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Morrinsville This season has been particularly bad for pink eye with outbreaks involving large numbers of calves and even adult dairy ...
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Summer Stress – Cow and Human Welfare

Summer Stress – Cow and Human Welfare

Friday, 7th February 2020
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville What are the sources of stress for cows during summer and what can we do about it?Heat, lack of shade, flies, toxins are ...
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My vet always talks about the Dairy Antibiogram. What is this and how can it be of use to me?

My vet always talks about the Dairy Antibiogram. What is this and how can it be of use to me?

Friday, 7th February 2020
 
By Jemma Guyton, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Te Aroha A Dairy Antibiogram (DAB) is a test which detects and monitors antibiotic resistance in mastitis bacteria on your farm. This ...
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“New app” for Milk Quality Consults!

“New app” for Milk Quality Consults!

Friday, 7th February 2020
 
It’s time to start thinking about booking your Milk Quality Consult. We are rolling out our great new user friendly online Milk Quality Consult (MQC) platform that is ...
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Plan to prevent lameness

Plan to prevent lameness

Friday, 7th February 2020
 
By George Watson, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville Lame cows within the milking herd are inconvenient for farm staff as well as being extremely costly to a dairy ...
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Balancing Maize silage

Balancing Maize silage

Friday, 7th February 2020
 
By Margaret Perry, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Driving around the district in the current summer dry, we are seeing some really healthy maize crops, which will be a welcome ...
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How’s your eyeometer? Do you think we are on track to meet our target weights?

How’s your eyeometer? Do you think we are on track to meet our target weights?

Friday, 7th February 2020
 
Deceiving isn’t it? We look well grown but we are actually behind by 30kg on average compared to our target weights based on our age and breed. We were initially weighed prior ...
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Need to Steady your Scanning Day Nerves?

Need to Steady your Scanning Day Nerves?

Thursday, 5th December 2019
 
By Emma Franklin, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Matamata Ready…Hopefully you’re all organised and have your herd scanning booked with Anexa. If you haven’t then make sure you ...
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A dairy farmers' Holiday Checklist  – Anexa’s Top Tips

A dairy farmers' Holiday Checklist – Anexa’s Top Tips

Thursday, 5th December 2019
 
By Jemma Guyton, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Going away on your well-deserved summer holiday can be stressful. It is important to put policies in place so that everything runs ...
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It’s almost the New Year: and a new facial eczema season is nearly upon us

It’s almost the New Year: and a new facial eczema season is nearly upon us

Thursday, 5th December 2019
 
By Julia Baynes, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville Almost every farmer I’ve spoken to has commented on the amazing season it’s been. A wonderful blend of warm and wet ...
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Autumn calvers – now’s the time to think about trace element testing

Autumn calvers – now’s the time to think about trace element testing

Thursday, 5th December 2019
 
By Julia Baynes, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville As our autumn herds approach drying off, and the cows head into their final stages of pregnancy, it’s important to ...
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I’m about to start feeding my summer crops, what do I need to remember?

I’m about to start feeding my summer crops, what do I need to remember?

Thursday, 5th December 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian As with any forage crop underfeeding due to overestimation of intakes is the most common cause of poor performance. Just like 80% ...
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Changes to minimum standards for off paddock facilities used for wintering cows

Changes to minimum standards for off paddock facilities used for wintering cows

Thursday, 5th December 2019
 
ANIMAL WELFARE UPDATE: By Ali Cullum, Anexa Vets A heads up that from 31st October 2019 there have been some changes to the minimum standards for dairy cattle standing off ...
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Do you know your herd’s mastitis story?

Do you know your herd’s mastitis story?

Wednesday, 6th November 2019
 
By Jemma Guyton, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Are you frustrated because the antibiotics you are using aren’t clearing the clinical cases? Do you have a situation where even ...
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The Tale of Tails

The Tale of Tails

Wednesday, 6th November 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets The Law (Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018) says: Docking cattle beasts’ tailsA person must not dock the tail ...
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Heat detection gets harder in the second round

Heat detection gets harder in the second round

Wednesday, 6th November 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Heat detection gets harder in the second round, so you have to work smarter and harder to find them! Six things to ...
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Look after the boys…

Look after the boys…

Wednesday, 6th November 2019
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Healthy Hoof Advisor, Anexa Vets Yes, heat detection aids have increased in accuracy and there are more options, HOWEVER, nothing beats a ...
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Mind your young stock's weaning process!

Mind your young stock's weaning process!

Wednesday, 6th November 2019
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets While AB is still in full swing, it often coincides with weaning times for spring born calves. Another job to do however a very ...
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The case of blind calves with PEM (polioencephalomalacia)

The case of blind calves with PEM (polioencephalomalacia)

Wednesday, 6th November 2019
 
By Julia Baynes, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville Late last Spring, I got a call from one of my clients: one of their calves had become blind, staggery and had gone down. ...
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Dairy Antibiogram

Dairy Antibiogram

Friday, 1st November 2019
 
With an increasing focus on better use of antibiotics, knowledge of the resistance status of the common mastitis pathogens in your herd is important. It helps you and your Vet ...
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“I’m putting one less cow up a day during AB, but that’s okay isn’t it?”

Thursday, 26th September 2019
 
Let’s do the sums.Let’s do the sums. We all know that the target 3-week submission rate is 90%. To achieve target 3 and 6 week in-calf rates (54% and 78% respectively), this ...
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How are your cow’s hooves looking?

How are your cow’s hooves looking?

Thursday, 26th September 2019
 
A cow post-calving is subjected to a multitude of factors that impact on her feet: longer walking distances, uneven surfaces with the occasional stone thrown in, herd competition ...
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Weaning Woes and Mating Mysteries

Weaning Woes and Mating Mysteries

Thursday, 26th September 2019
 
By Ashley O’Driscoll, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Ngaruawahia This is a very busy time of the year! Mating and AB are starting, crops are going in, and silage is being cut. At ...
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5 Reasons Milk Cultures after herd testing will benefit you

5 Reasons Milk Cultures after herd testing will benefit you

Thursday, 26th September 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Make the right call with your high somatic cell count cows. Make a more informed and cost-effective decision about ...
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Maintaining Pasture Quality leading into Mating

Thursday, 26th September 2019
 
By Andy Collier, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets For most of the Waikato this has been a very mild winter and spring and while it definitely became wetter in August, many ...
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Animal Welfare: What does May 2020 mean to people who work with animals in New Zealand?

Thursday, 26th September 2019
 
This is when the law for Significant Surgical Procedures (SSP) comes into force. It will affect such procedures as horse dentistry and aims to propose clearer rules about who can ...
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Making the most of your spring herd test from a milk quality perspective?

Making the most of your spring herd test from a milk quality perspective?

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets On average the bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC ) trend for the business looks like the graph shown So right now ...
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Calf Care

Calf Care

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Most farms have now finished calving replacements. So, what happens to the remaining calves that are born? Many of these will be ...
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Coccidia and deciding when to start drenching calves

Coccidia and deciding when to start drenching calves

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
 
The season of Rotavirus, Cryptosporidium, E. coli and Coronavirus is almost over. Whether you’ve had a good year with calf scours, or a bad year, there is still more to ...
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How do we know if vet medicines work?

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
 
Occasionally we receive reports of unexpected outcomes after using products on cows. For example, more calves scouring than expected despite the cows having been vaccinated, or ...
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“If you don’t want do anything premating at least put your tail paint on… please”

“If you don’t want do anything premating at least put your tail paint on… please”

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets I can hear you say “Why would I want to waste my time painting the herd five weeks before mating start date (MSD) ...
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Pre-mating trace element bloods

Pre-mating trace element bloods

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
 
By Sarah Clarke, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Six to eight weeks before the planned start of mating is a good time to look at trace element levels in your herd. This gives time to ...
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Lame cows?

Lame cows?

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
 
By Megan Clemance, Anexa Vets Raglan Did you know Lame cows over mating have begun the lameness process over calving, this is due to...The Calving Effect, The Calving Effect - ...
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Down Cow Care

Down Cow Care

Wednesday, 31st July 2019
 
Remember these facts?Muscle damage in a down cow starts as early as 6 hours after going down. Move her from side to side if she is down for a while and provide her with some ...
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Simple and effective - RMT paddles

Simple and effective - RMT paddles

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets The Rapid Mastitis Test (RMT) paddle is very simple and has been around a long time, but it is still the easiest way ...
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Last summer was not kind to our dairy heifers

Last summer was not kind to our dairy heifers

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Ashley O’Driscoll, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Ngaruawahia Last summer was not kind to our dairy heifers and it’s now obvious. Pregnant heifers are coming into the herd ...
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Tail-end calves: Weak, meek or something to tweak?

Tail-end calves: Weak, meek or something to tweak?

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Arnica van der Wiele, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Ngatea “Why do I get so many sick calves in the second half of calving? I do exactly the same things as at the start but ...
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Tube Feeding - getting the placement right

Tube Feeding - getting the placement right

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets, Morrinsville If you are tube feeding calves it is important you know how to place the tube correctly to deliver the milk into the ...
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Reducing inflammation and pain this calving

Reducing inflammation and pain this calving

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
Humans have known for many thousands of years that reducing pain associated with inflammation was a really good way of recovering from injury and illness. The exact same holds ...
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Take the pain out of disbudding calves this season

Take the pain out of disbudding calves this season

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Julia Baynes and Emma Bullock , Veterinarians, Anexa Vets Disbudding calves is one of the most painful procedures performed on farm. Many of you are aware of the new ...
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BVD testing calves - get it done early

BVD testing calves - get it done early

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Emma Franklin, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Matamata Most of you will be aware of the BVD status of your herd, from Bulk Tank Monitoring but what about the young stock? How much ...
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Darth Vader cow

Darth Vader cow

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Rebecca Smith, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville Recently I have been called out to a number of cases of cows with sticks up their nose. For something that sounds so ...
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Metricheck early to get the benefits

Metricheck early to get the benefits

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Steve Harkness, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Gordonton Endometritis is relatively common infection of the uterus following calving. We often term cows with endometritis ...
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Bull Fertility testing

Bull Fertility testing

Tuesday, 30th July 2019
 
By Travis Scott, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Raglan For many of the dairy farms we deal with, bull performance after the AI period can be a significant problem, with higher than ...
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QUIZ: Which colostrum is best to feed new born calves?

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019
 
Choose A, B, C or D from below and then check your answer by clicking below. A – All are ok to feed new born calves. B – Cow 1 or 3 as heifers don’t provide good ...
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Can we have too much grass for calving?

Can we have too much grass for calving?

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Services Famine to feast, bust to boom – these are the words that spring to mind to describe how average pasture cover ...
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Managing the fresh calvers – crucial to a good season

Managing the fresh calvers – crucial to a good season

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
 
By Dave Curnow, Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Services Ngatea A cow well set up, in good general health and with a good appetite are the key outcomes before leaving the colostrum ...
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Down Cow

Down Cow

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Services Morrinsville We all know that sinking feeling when one of the cows in the paddock does not get up, or we see one laid flat out ...
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Rumen development: Filling with villi

Rumen development: Filling with villi

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Anexa Vet Services Rototuna “Eh what?” I can hear you say! Well, let me explain - villi are the fingerlike structures inside our ...
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Keep body condition scores up and keep them fit to prevent lameness

Keep body condition scores up and keep them fit to prevent lameness

Wednesday, 5th June 2019
 
The dry period is the time where we give our cows time to recharge. They gain condition, the udder gets a break and their feet recover through less walking and less exposure to ...
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Rotavirus vaccination

Rotavirus vaccination

Wednesday, 5th June 2019
 
Well grown heifers coming into the herd are one of your biggest assets to increasing overall productivity on farm. When it comes to getting the best growth out of your youngstock, ...
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Calf disbudding: Animal Welfare changes to be aware of

Calf disbudding: Animal Welfare changes to be aware of

Wednesday, 5th June 2019
 
As of 1 October 2019, all animals that require removal of horn buds or horn tissue require an appropriately placed and effective local anaesthetic block.
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Getting colostrum management right – Why it matters so much?

Getting colostrum management right – Why it matters so much?

Wednesday, 5th June 2019
 
A vast majority of farms aren’t achieving recommended targets for colostrum. Why is this? And why is it important? It’s common to hear people say my colostrum management is ...
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Calf Rearing – Are you ready? Small changes can make a big difference.

Calf Rearing – Are you ready? Small changes can make a big difference.

Wednesday, 5th June 2019
 
Before the season begins, remove and replace bedding and thoroughly disinfect walls, railings and the floor Bedding must be dry and must drain well e.g. bark chips. If you kneel ...
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Transport of Pregnant Cows

Transport of Pregnant Cows

Wednesday, 5th June 2019
 
Pregnant cows can be transported, but only for a maximum of two hours when they are in late pregnancy (last four weeks). It is illegal to transport cows who may calve within 24 ...
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Autumn calving herds are mating now

Autumn calving herds are mating now

Wednesday, 5th June 2019
 
Mating for your autumn-calving cows can be tricky; a couple of areas to focus on are: Heat detection – is potentially harder in winter. The days are getting shorter not longer. ...
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Facial Eczema

Facial Eczema

Thursday, 9th May 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville We have a continuing warm weather pattern and sporadic rain, so the spore counts are remaining high. Soil temperatures are ...
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RVM script – wise timing

RVM script – wise timing

Thursday, 9th May 2019
 
By Sarah Clarke, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville As dry off is just around the corner (or even here for some of us), most farmers have already done their Milk Quality ...
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The Transition period – What is it and why should we care?

The Transition period – What is it and why should we care?

Thursday, 9th May 2019
 
The transition period is approximately 3 weeks pre-calving (“Springing”) and 2 weeks after. Why does Anexa recommend that we manage springing cows carefully?This springing ...
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Trace element monitoring and supplementation for optimal results

Trace element monitoring and supplementation for optimal results

Wednesday, 8th May 2019
 
One of the benefits of a vet business our size is the amount of data we collect on animal performance. How can this help me I hear you ask? Recently we reviewed the serum selenium ...
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So how well did your herd get in calf  in 2018-2019 compared to the rest of the district?

So how well did your herd get in calf in 2018-2019 compared to the rest of the district?

Wednesday, 8th May 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets With feeding cows and young stock taking up all your waking hours for the last couple of months, you may not have had ...
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Dare to prepare

Dare to prepare

Wednesday, 8th May 2019
 
YES – spring calving is approaching. It might feel a long way off yet but now is the time to prepare - the animals born will become your future herd. A review of last season, ...
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Arrange good life support!

Arrange good life support!

Wednesday, 8th May 2019
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian and Healthy Hoof Advisor, Anexa Vets Look at this picture – isn’t it just so cool! This provides a clue to solving lameness ...
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Nitrate Poisoning

Nitrate Poisoning

Friday, 5th April 2019
 
Plan and prevent nitrate poisoning in your stockEvery year we see the preventable death of animals due to nitrate poisoning. Risk factors include:! Feeding certain feeds such ...
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Preparing for your heifers returning from grazing

Preparing for your heifers returning from grazing

Friday, 5th April 2019
 
Check listBiosecurityEnsure you keep your returning heifers separate from the herd for at least seven days upon return. Monitor closely for signs of disease.Plan your ...
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Broken and Damaged Tails

Broken and Damaged Tails

Friday, 5th April 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville Do you have cows in your herd who look like the one in the photo? Have you ever had dislocated joints or broken bones in ...
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Cows feeling the pressure?

Cows feeling the pressure?

Friday, 5th April 2019
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Healthy Hoof Advisor Have you ever felt the pressure or pain of a stone stuck in your boot; right under that sensitive spot? Or cracks in your ...
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Timely tips around dry off time

Timely tips around dry off time

Friday, 5th April 2019
 
Most of our clients have started drying off some cows (e.g. low BCS, early-calving, heifers, low production and high SCC cows). These early dry off groups may need a little extra ...
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Grazing contracts essential

Grazing contracts essential

Friday, 5th April 2019
 
By Ashley O’Driscoll, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets, Ngaruawahia “There are no friends in business”- wise words once spoken to me by a good friend. A surprising number of Kiwi ...
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Minerals and Trace Elements

Friday, 5th April 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville As you dry cows off, don’t forget that the Facial Eczema season is still very much with us. Spore counts are rising due to ...
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Biosecurity made easy – tick it off √

Biosecurity made easy – tick it off √

Thursday, 4th April 2019
 
Actively managing your biosecurity risk is essential in protecting your farm from unwanted diseases and pests. What have we done at Anexa to make sure we have you covered in the ...
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Is your herd going to achieve calving condition targets this year?

Is your herd going to achieve calving condition targets this year?

Thursday, 4th April 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa Vets, Herd Health Veterinarian Unless you are regularly body condition scoring the herd, you just don’t know, it is as simple as that. We’ve ...
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Could Healthy Udder fit for you?

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
 
With the spring calving season winding down and many people booking their milk quality consults, now is a good time to review how things went as far as bulk somatic milk cell ...
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So how long does it take to gain 1 BCS once I dry my light cows off?

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa Vets, Herd Health Veterinarian The answer is – always longer than you think! Last newsletter we shared some information around the benefits of ...
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Are you culling cows?

Are you culling cows?

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets, Morrinsville Remember to plan your cattle’s transport at least seven days ahead: their welfare is our responsibility. 1st: Is it ...
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Could you spot a score 2 cow?

Could you spot a score 2 cow?

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Healthy Hoof Advisor To be clear: we’re NOT talking BCS score 2 cow here – that is a sight we do not ever want to see. We’re talking ...
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Are your cows getting enough zinc to be protected?

Are your cows getting enough zinc to be protected?

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
 
By Julia Baynes, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets, Morrinsville As spore counts start to rise across the Central Waikato, it is good to see our farmers getting their zinc ...
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Thanks for working with us to reduce the use of ‘red dot’ antibiotics

Thanks for working with us to reduce the use of ‘red dot’ antibiotics

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
 
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) continues to present a challenge to us all. As in humans, the overuse of antibiotics in animals can lead to surviving bacteria becoming resistant ...
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Lots of grass doesn’t mean your cows are necessarily fatter this year

Lots of grass doesn’t mean your cows are necessarily fatter this year

Tuesday, 5th February 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa Vets, Herd Health Veterinarian Just because we’ve mostly had a really good summer (so far) for grass growth, doesn’t mean that your herd is in ...
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Heat Stress

Heat Stress

Tuesday, 5th February 2019
 
By Ali Cullum, Anexa Vets, Morrinsville Our cows suffer heat stress during the summer, especially on days with temperatures above 23°C, and with relative humidity above 80% ...
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What will this Facial Eczema season be like?

Tuesday, 5th February 2019
 
In short, it’s hard to predict. So far, spore counts in most areas have remained low, but we are seeing pockets of medium to high risk around the region.’ Therefore, all ...
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Scanning Update - February 2019

Scanning Update - February 2019

Tuesday, 5th February 2019
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa Vets, Herd Health Veterinarian Scanning is well underway now. Of the 100 spring-calving herds scanned so far, the average 6-week in-calf rate is 70%, ...
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Improving production from the ground up

Improving production from the ground up

Tuesday, 5th February 2019
 
If we have to walk a fair distance, the first thing we do is to ensure we are comfortable. Good shoes and healthy feet can go a long way towards an enjoyable journey. Whereas ...
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Book your Milk Quality Consult Early!

Book your Milk Quality Consult Early!

Tuesday, 5th February 2019
 
Now is the time to start thinking about booking in your Milk Quality Consult (MQC) with your Vet. You will shortly receive your MQC form to complete; it is important that it is ...
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Mastitis and new infection risk – staying aware of fundamental principals

Mastitis and new infection risk – staying aware of fundamental principals

Wednesday, 5th December 2018
 
By John Penry, Veterinarian and Researcher, Anexa Vets Mid-lactation presents an opportunity for all herds to assess their new mastitis infection status. For farms enrolled in ...
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2019 is nearly upon us; what sort of Facial Eczema season will it bring?

2019 is nearly upon us; what sort of Facial Eczema season will it bring?

Tuesday, 4th December 2018
 
By Julia Baynes, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville As this gorgeous Spring rolls into Summer, we’re all hoping for the right blend of warmth and wet to allow this kind ...
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Animal welfare CHANGES

Animal welfare CHANGES

Tuesday, 4th December 2018
 
Did you know that transporting an animal with cancer eye could lead to a fine if you don’t follow the rules outlined in the Animal Welfare Regulations number 43. This includes ...
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Updates to the national InCalf targets

Updates to the national InCalf targets

Tuesday, 4th December 2018
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Mating will be over by the time most of you read this newsletter, and of course all focus now is on how did you go? ...
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Is the herd on track?

Is the herd on track?

Tuesday, 4th December 2018
 
With this spring’s mating almost over now, it is a good time to start planning how you are going to maximise cow production and maintain or gain cow body condition score (BCS) ...
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Dairy Replacements - Weights

Dairy Replacements - Weights

Tuesday, 4th December 2018
 
By Ashley O’Driscoll, Veterinarian Anexa Vets Ngaruawahia Almost 50% of NZ dairy heifers are more than 5% below target calving weight. Using the InCalf Gap Tool ...
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Use your first herd test to best effect

Use your first herd test to best effect

Thursday, 1st November 2018
 
For herds enrolled in herd testing, most would have their first herd test completed and the information in place to make an accurate assessment of chronic subclinical infections ...
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Managing your future top producers

Thursday, 1st November 2018
 
We all know that our children are our future. Well, your calves are your future herd. Any mistakes made early in the life of your calves may affect their milk production and ...
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Drenching tips for Calf Rearers

Thursday, 1st November 2018
 
As with anything there are a few golden rules that everyone should follow to ensure that the job is done right. Never drench calves at the calfeteria or mix drench with milk. ...
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Calf scours

Thursday, 1st November 2018
 
Treating calf scours can be expensive in calves of any age. The expense is not only due to the cost of treatment but also the losses associated with the decreased growth rates of ...
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BVD… Are you sure you are in the clear?

BVD… Are you sure you are in the clear?

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
 
Many of you have probably been hearing from your Vet recently with the results of your BVD bulk tank monitoring tests; check with your local Anexa Vet if you are not sure when ...
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Scan early and reap the benefits

Scan early and reap the benefits

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
 
More milk in the vatWhy dry off a cow in March that isn’t calving until September? The difference between feeding a milking and a dry cow is ~ 6kg DM. At 30cents/kg DM this is ...
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Drenching of Youngstock - Detection and Prevention of Resistance

Drenching of Youngstock - Detection and Prevention of Resistance

Tuesday, 30th October 2018
 
By Sarah Clarke, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville I am sure you’re all familiar with the recent local and international discussion in the animal and human health ...
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Monitoring nutrition during mating

Monitoring nutrition during mating

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets The most commonly asked questions we get from now until December are: How do I make sure I am feeding my cows well ...
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Treating mastitis with Metacam®

Treating mastitis with Metacam®

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
 
Many cases of clinical mastitis resolve by themselves. Clinical mastitis is generally caused by bacterial infection. However, by the time of diagnosis, and over the next few days, ...
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Use milk samples as an insurance policy

Use milk samples as an insurance policy

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
 
By John Penry, Veterinarian and Researcher, Anexa Vets Every herd will experience clinical mastitis cases, particularly during the first third of lactation. They are obviously ...
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Hoof maintenance can help

Hoof maintenance can help

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
 
Lame cows with visible claw lesions are half as likely to conceive as unaffected cows and take on average 40 days longer to get in calf. Hoof trimming is like a pedicure for ...
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Increase your chances of detecting clinical mastitis early

Increase your chances of detecting clinical mastitis early

Monday, 3rd September 2018
 
By John Penry, Veterinarian and Researcher, Anexa Vets Clinical mastitis cases during the calving period and early lactation are virtually impossible to avoid. The cows immune ...
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Lameness in cattle

Lameness in cattle

Monday, 3rd September 2018
 
We are always trying to improve the lives of our stock on farm by providing improved animal welfare conditions. The sick skinny cow, the down and scouring calf, and ingrowing ...
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Transporting lame animals and veterinary transport certificates:

Monday, 3rd September 2018
 
As of October the 1st 2018, as a rule, all lame animals being transported will likely need a veterinary certificate to certify that the animal is fit to transport. Being lame is ...
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What worming program is best for your young stock?

What worming program is best for your young stock?

Monday, 3rd September 2018
 
Calves are starting to go out onto pasture, which means that now is a good time to make a drench plan. Calves start ingesting worms as soon as they start eating grass and will ...
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Focus on the path to optimal calf weaning

Focus on the path to optimal calf weaning

Saturday, 1st September 2018
 
For calves to have a smooth transition from a liquid dominant/milk-based diet to a plant dominant/pasture-based diet, they need to have adequate rumen development. If calves are ...
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Heat Detection

Heat Detection

Saturday, 1st September 2018
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian So, what’s the most important job on your farm for the next six weeks (or more)? Hopefully everyone reading this has mumbled ...
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Bulls

Bulls

Saturday, 1st September 2018
 
Mating is about to start, and with an average mating period of 11 weeks it is important that you take steps to ensure your bulls are working as well as they can. Across the ...
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Selenium to cycle, Copper to hold

Saturday, 1st September 2018
 
By Russell Goddard, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Paeroa Now is the time to ensure your trace element (TE) programme is up to scratch to enable a successful mating period in the ...
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So how did you perform in 2017-2018 compared to our overall numbers?

So how did you perform in 2017-2018 compared to our overall numbers?

Thursday, 9th August 2018
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa FVC The middle of calving last season may seem an eternity ago, so how do you think your results compared last season? At ...
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The Who, What, Where and How of Endometritis and Metrichecking

The Who, What, Where and How of Endometritis and Metrichecking

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
By David Dymock, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Rototuna What is Endometritis? Endometritis is relatively common infection of the uterus following calving. We often term cows with ...
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What will you do about bulls?

What will you do about bulls?

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
By Margaret Perry, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Te Aroha Calving is upon us, but it’s time to start thinking about your herd and heifers spring mating. Over the past months we ...
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Calf calamities – When Disease Strikes

Calf calamities – When Disease Strikes

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Rototuna With the seasonality of dairy farming in New Zealand, calf sheds get overrun for a couple of months of the year and then ...
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Are your cows trying to tell you something?

Are your cows trying to tell you something?

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
Early lactation cows normally get to the feed pad by batt-latch at 4:30am, and when staff arrive at the shed to let them on the yard, the feed on the pad is finished. One day the ...
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Do you manage your Downer cows well?

Do you manage your Downer cows well?

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
By Caroline Hamilton, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Huntly Now you are busy with multiple mobs, multiple jobs plus milking and calves, the “down cow” can be easily neglected. We ...
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Will worm drenching your milking herd make you money?

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
A study by Massey University published last year has confirmed previous research; that a treatment of EPRINEX on adult dairy cattle does increase milk solid production. The study ...
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Clinical mastitis during calving – eyes on the ball

Clinical mastitis during calving – eyes on the ball

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
Irrespective of how well drying off goes, most herds have some level of clinical mastitis to deal with during the calving period. An individual animal may have been treated with ...
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NEW Animal Welfare Rules

Wednesday, 1st August 2018
 
New animal welfare rules are coming into force on the 1st of October this year. Some of these might require you to change the way you farm. The changes that are important for ...
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What’s best for the cow = what’s best for the calf

What’s best for the cow = what’s best for the calf

Monday, 9th July 2018
 
A healthy cow will produce higher quality colostrum. A healthy cow will push a calf out quicker. A healthy calf will get up and drink earlier. A healthy cow will more likely ...
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Testing for Mycoplasma bovis

Monday, 9th July 2018
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian & Researcher Over the past month or so, the Anexa FVC team have been fielding an increasing number of inquiries around testing for ...
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Calf flat? Call the Vet!

Calf flat? Call the Vet!

Monday, 9th July 2018
 
By Arnica van der Wiele, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Ngatea Investment in your replacement heifers is an investment in your future profit. Calf illness pre-weaning has an impact ...
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Feeding raw milk to calves and biosecurity risk

Feeding raw milk to calves and biosecurity risk

Monday, 9th July 2018
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian & Researcher Feeding whole, raw, milk to calves from either the bulk tank or waste milk (cows under treatment) has been common practice for ...
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Let’s not forget about BVD

Monday, 9th July 2018
 
By Emma Franklin, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Matamata Bulk Milk testingHopefully by now your herd has been signed up for bulk milk BVD monitoring. If you’re not sure, just ...
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Calf disbudding changes

Calf disbudding changes

Monday, 9th July 2018
 
By Michael Shallcrass, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Gordonton Calves will be hitting the ground soon, which means now is a good time to let you know about the changes we’re ...
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So you never fixed those races did you? Its okay - you just need a plan  B

So you never fixed those races did you? Its okay - you just need a plan B

Monday, 9th July 2018
 
You had more lame cows than you wanted last year But that was because of the tracks and rain, right? You can’t control the rain so you were going to fix the tracks in the dry ...
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Mycoplasma bovis – latest advice

Wednesday, 6th June 2018
 
As you are all aware, the Government along with dairy and beef industries have agreed that an attempt will be made to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis. Most of the eradication work is ...
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Farmacy – a tool for the times

Farmacy – a tool for the times

Wednesday, 6th June 2018
 
Accurate and complete recording of animal health events on farm has become a crucial management tool. The Farmacy.co.nz digital diary makes accurate recording of your animal ...
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Getting the best from the liquid gold

Getting the best from the liquid gold

Wednesday, 6th June 2018
 
Good colostrum management is the single biggest contributor to calf health and survival. Benefits include: Decrease in disease and treatments, particularly scours but also navel ...
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Calf rearing facilities – a few small changes can make a huge difference

Calf rearing facilities – a few small changes can make a huge difference

Wednesday, 6th June 2018
 
The majority of New Zealand dairy farms do not have dedicated calf rearing facilities. Instead, sheds are “retrofitted” for the three or so months that calf rearing ...
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Are anionic salts an option for your transition cows?

Wednesday, 6th June 2018
 
Irrespective of what type of farm system you are using, cows go through a massive physiological change at the time of calving. One of the main changes their body has to navigate, ...
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It’s trace element testing time

It’s trace element testing time

Tuesday, 8th May 2018
 
By Julia Baynes, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville Now that Autumn has well and truly arrived, it’s time to ensure that your herd has sufficient trace elements on board, ...
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Colostrum & calf immunity  – why is it such a race against the clock?

Colostrum & calf immunity – why is it such a race against the clock?

Tuesday, 8th May 2018
 
By Arnica van der Wiele, Veterinarian, Anexa Ngatea Are you RAT ready?RAT means Race Against Time; time to arm your newborn calves with defences against adversity. While human ...
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Colostrum vaccines

Colostrum vaccines

Tuesday, 8th May 2018
 
Calf diarrhoea is a complex, costly and devastating disease and providing your calves with specific antibodies against the big players in this field is an important part of the ...
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We will grow with you

We will grow with you

Tuesday, 8th May 2018
 
“The initial assistance from Katrina has quickly moved from reproduction performance to cover all areas of our business enterprise. Anexa and Katrina particularly, have become ...
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Track tinkering

Track tinkering

Tuesday, 8th May 2018
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian and Health Hoof Provider Following the excessive amounts of rain we have experienced this season we have seen a lot of tracks that are due for ...
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New look Script; New helpful online tool

New look Script; New helpful online tool

Sunday, 1st April 2018
 
As autumn has arrived, the time of you annual Milk Quality Consult is around the corner. During this consult your farm’s performance around mastitis during this season is ...
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Getting cow condition right for spring calvers

Getting cow condition right for spring calvers

Sunday, 1st April 2018
 
By Dave Curnow, Veterinarian, Anexa Ngatea With most Spring calving farms in the thick of implementing their recovery strategy prior to next season, things are all go! ...
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Depopulation of Mycoplasma bovis infected dairy herds

Depopulation of Mycoplasma bovis infected dairy herds

Sunday, 1st April 2018
 
By Scott McDougall, Principal Senior Scientist and Managing Director, Cognosco The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced that they will proceed with the ...
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Keep an eye on your herd’s Zinc and Copper trace element levels

Keep an eye on your herd’s Zinc and Copper trace element levels

Sunday, 1st April 2018
 
ZincSome farmers have been experiencing problems with facial eczema this summer, even in herds that have a good zinc supplementation programme. This has led to many people ...
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Have you got CLOWNs in your herd?

Have you got CLOWNs in your herd?

Sunday, 1st April 2018
 
CLOWNs are cows with Claws Overgrown, but Walking Normally. Overgrown claws are an early indicator for lameness. Uneven weight bearing will shift the balance to one of the ...
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Did you know? Most cows that we test for zinc levels are not being protected by their zinc regime.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018
 
Upon further investigation, common problems this year include:Using the pre-calculated dosing amount on the front of the zinc packet, without calculating it to suit your herd. ...
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Phew scanning is over, but my results are not what I expected!

Phew scanning is over, but my results are not what I expected!

Wednesday, 7th March 2018
 
By David Dymock, Veterinarian, Anexa Rototuna Hopefully by now your herd scanning has been completed, results are in and you are either happy and now planning your dry off or ...
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5 Benefits of hitting Body Condition Targets

5 Benefits of hitting Body Condition Targets

Wednesday, 7th March 2018
 
Body condition scoring seems like an easy enough task at first glance, but it is more than just examining your own cows each day as they come into milk. For all of us, the benefit ...
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Biosecurity Tips

Wednesday, 7th March 2018
 
By David Dymock, Veterinarian, Anexa Rototuna Farm biosecurity has become a hot topic recently and tackling this on your farm can seem quite daunting but luckily even doing the ...
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Take some simple measures, take action!

Take some simple measures, take action!

Wednesday, 7th March 2018
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian & Researcher In the past three months, a number of farms have initiated a milk quality investigation with members of our veterinary ...
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Milking liners – among the many choices there are some simple rules

Milking liners – among the many choices there are some simple rules

Thursday, 1st February 2018
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian & Researcher Morrinsville In most dairying countries, there is a myriad of milking liner options to choose from; New Zealand is no ...
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Scanning Update February 2018

Thursday, 1st February 2018
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian Scanning is well underway now. Of the 108 spring-calving herds scanned so far, the average 6-week in-calf rate is ...
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DON’T PROCRASTINATE - Start looking and measuring now (January/February)

DON’T PROCRASTINATE - Start looking and measuring now (January/February)

Thursday, 1st February 2018
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian That was the feedback from farmers that were involved in the BCS project a few years ago. Waiting until March to ...
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Why does a vet need to come and see every Woody Tongue case? I just want the drugs to treat it…

Why does a vet need to come and see every Woody Tongue case? I just want the drugs to treat it…

Thursday, 1st February 2018
 
By Anne Gelling, Anexa FVC Veterinarian Te Aroha Most of you would have experienced the above. Why do we insist on a vet visit for every suspected Woody Tongue case? The usual ...
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Have you got a plan?

Have you got a plan?

Thursday, 1st February 2018
 
By Michael Shallcrass, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Gordonton Many calves have probably gone off grazing already, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about them. Make sure that ...
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Health and Safety at Heifer Teat Seal Time

Health and Safety at Heifer Teat Seal Time

Thursday, 1st February 2018
 
With Autumn just around the corner it is time to think about Milk Quality Consults and heifer teatsealing. Training heifers to row up and stand quietly in the shed can be a ...
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Feeling the heat?

Feeling the heat?

Monday, 11th December 2017
 
If you think it is starting to get hot, realise your cows are already very hot (and probably have been for a month). Where we prefer temperatures over 15, cows prefer ...
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Prudent antibiotic use in lame cows

Prudent antibiotic use in lame cows

Sunday, 10th December 2017
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Anexa Rototuna Antibiotic use in the dairy industry is under increasing scrutiny. We need to be proactive in reducing the frequency with which ...
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Maximise the usefulness of your milk quality information

Wednesday, 6th December 2017
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian and Researcher Morrinsville An often quoted line from the business world is “if you can measure it, you can manage it”. Dairy farms ...
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It’s NCEA exam time as I write this so hence the theme!

It’s NCEA exam time as I write this so hence the theme!

Wednesday, 6th December 2017
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian You have your scanning booked in. It is a little like an exam isn’t it; you know in your mind whether you’ve done the ...
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Another Tough Spring – what’s your herd body condition looking like?

Another Tough Spring – what’s your herd body condition looking like?

Wednesday, 6th December 2017
 
By Dave Curnow, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC, Ngatea With mating almost over now, it is a good time to start planning how you are going to maximise cow production and maintain or ...
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Young Stock

Young Stock

Wednesday, 6th December 2017
 
By Michael Shallcrass, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC, Gordonton This summer has the potential to be a bad one for parasites in young stock. The warmer, wetter winter will mean that ...
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The Hidden costs of Facial Eczema - Can you afford to take the risk?

The Hidden costs of Facial Eczema - Can you afford to take the risk?

Tuesday, 5th December 2017
 
By Rachel Hamill, Anexa FVC Veterinarian Morrinsville Cows visibly suffering from Facial Eczema (FE) are just the tip of the iceberg in your herd. If you have even one cow ...
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Facial Eczema

Facial Eczema

Saturday, 2nd December 2017
 
Facial eczema is a cause of major production losses in dairy herds. Although the offending fungus is present all year round it is only a problem when moisture, high ground ...
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How to collect a grass sample for spore count testing

How to collect a grass sample for spore count testing

Friday, 1st December 2017
 
To assess the facial eczema spore count risk: 1. Select a paddock that you wish to monitor. 2. Cut a handful of grass with scissors or a knife, at 1cm above the ground ...
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Facial eczema (FE): Cattle of all ages can be affected.

Facial eczema (FE): Cattle of all ages can be affected.

Friday, 1st December 2017
 
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE YOUNGSTERS… Facial eczema (FE) is a pretty nasty condition. Cattle of all ages can be affected. By Finley Koolhoven, Anexa FVC Matamata Veterinarian ...
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Facial eczema: the hidden disease

Facial eczema: the hidden disease

Friday, 1st December 2017
 
By Scott McDougall, Cognosco - Research Division of Anexa FVC Vets With the warm humid weather we’ve been experiencing, the facial eczema spore counts on pasture are rising ...
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Facial Eczema - a disease of the liver

Friday, 1st December 2017
 
Facial Eczema (FE) is a disease of ruminants caused by ingesting the spores of the fungus, P. Chartarum. Despite a rather unfortunate name, Facial Eczema is primarily a disease ...
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Ensure you get the best information from your pregnancy testing

Ensure you get the best information from your pregnancy testing

Wednesday, 8th November 2017
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian Did you know that most of our spring-calving clients scan their herd in January? If you don’t scan at that time, then ...
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Teats do not lie

Teats do not lie

Wednesday, 8th November 2017
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian and Researcher Morrinsville Every cow has four milking machine testing units; they are her teats. The milking machine liner is the only ...
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5 Ways to maximise  in-calf rates in  your lame cows

5 Ways to maximise in-calf rates in your lame cows

Wednesday, 8th November 2017
 
When we have analysed the reproductive performance in herds there is huge variation in the in-calf rates of lame cows. The factors that influence the outcome of a lame cow are ...
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Rearing great calves; an investment in the future of your herd

Rearing great calves; an investment in the future of your herd

Wednesday, 8th November 2017
 
By Travis Scott, Anexa FVC Veterinarian Rearing good young stock is extremely important for the future of your herd, as well grown heifers will be much more likely to get in ...
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Who is John Penry?

Who is John Penry?

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
 
John Penry brings to Anexa FVC a wealth of experience in the dairy extension and farm consultancy area. Well known in Australiasia, and internationally, John has been involved in ...
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A fresh look at the benefits of lowering BMSCC

A fresh look at the benefits of lowering BMSCC

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian and Researcher Morrinsville Farms have been receiving a bulk milk somatic cell count (BMSCC) measurement with each vat pickup for many ...
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How tight is your calving pattern?

How tight is your calving pattern?

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
By Steve Harkness, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Gordonton Days in milk is one of the biggest drivers of production and a tight calving pattern is one of the key influencers of your ...
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Have your cows had their pre-mating “Warrant of Fitness”?

Have your cows had their pre-mating “Warrant of Fitness”?

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
The time is now! Cows with subclinical trace elements deficiencies have poorer reproductive performance than their healthy counterparts. This makes sense. How can a cow create a ...
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Farmacy.co.nz is gaining momentum

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
Farmacy.co.nz is gaining momentum – are you signed up and enjoying its many benefits yet? In the upcoming newsletters we will answer some of your frequently asked questions, ...
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Maximising Bull Fertility and Reproduction

Maximising Bull Fertility and Reproduction

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
By Margaret Perry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian Te Aroha Mating time is just around the corner, and with the new norm of shorter mating periods, it is vital that your natural mating ...
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Looking after your young stock

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
This winter has been hard on yearlings. Wet paddocks mean less pasture grown on the young stock block as well as the milking platform. Less Nitrogen has gone on and it has been ...
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Turning those winter-damaged paddocks into a positive

Turning those winter-damaged paddocks into a positive

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian We mentioned last month, that one of the ways to deal with paddocks that have been damaged with pugging in the winter was ...
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Calf BVD Ear-Notching Update - September

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
By Matt Peters, Anexa FVC Veterinarian Rototuna Our Technicians are doing a great job taking ear-notches for BVD testing while they are disbudding calves. There has been an ...
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Bull Power – It Comes Down To Simple Maths

Bull Power – It Comes Down To Simple Maths

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
By Margaret Perry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian A shorter mating period is the new normal. This means getting ‘the bull bit’ right after the AB period has finished becomes even ...
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Mycoplasma bovis detected in New Zealand

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
By John Penry, Anexa FVC Dairy Veterinarian and Researcher As most dairy farmers would be aware, MPI has confirmed the presence of the bacterial disease Mycoplasma bovis in a ...
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What impact is this extremely wet weather having on your farm?

What impact is this extremely wet weather having on your farm?

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian Sodden, boggy, sloppy, swampy, sloppy, muddy, pugged and “wet as a shag” (as my Nana would have said!). That’s what ...
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What’s new with dirty cows?

What’s new with dirty cows?

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian Dirty cows have a post-calving infection in their uterus termed endometritis. Until recently in New Zealand we ...
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Having mastitis issues?

Having mastitis issues?

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
By Hamish Clare, Anexa FVC Veterinarian The rain hasn’t stopped this winter, and with more mud around this increases the risk of mastitis at calving. The period two weeks ...
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Grading or not happy with your bulk tank somatic cell count?

Grading or not happy with your bulk tank somatic cell count?

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
Every season we have herds grading or struggling with high somatic cell counts around calving. We have Vets available who have had extra training in mastitis and milk quality ...
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Internal teat sealant

Internal teat sealant

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
Internal teat sealant is an important tool in protecting cows and heifers prior to calving and many of our clients took the opportunity to have our awesome team of Technicians ...
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Get your calves on track to reach their potential

Get your calves on track to reach their potential

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
By Rachel Hamill, Anexa FVC Veterinarian Making an effort to feed calves well from day one will go a long way to ensuring this year’s replacements grow to their full ...
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Theileria is here to stay

Theileria is here to stay

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
We are still hearing about, and diagnosing, cases of Theileria across the Waikato. While we aren’t seeing massive outbreaks of Theileria-affected animals, there is still ...
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Keep your calves warm this winter

Keep your calves warm this winter

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
Your calf shed must be warm and dry, and never draughty; cold calves waste energy shivering. Feeding warm milk can help calves to maintain their temperature in cold weather. A ...
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Leptospirosis, Autumn AND Spring herds - Calf vaccinations are due

Saturday, 5th August 2017
 
Yes, it is calf vaccination season. To be effective, leptospirosis vaccinations need to happen before calves are exposed to the disease. The best timing to start vaccinating is ...
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PREVENTING CALF SCOURS -  Colostrum and good husbandry go hand in hand

PREVENTING CALF SCOURS - Colostrum and good husbandry go hand in hand

Friday, 7th July 2017
 
By Rachel Hamill, Anexa FVC Veterinarian Good quality colostrum, given in a timely fashion at an appropriate volume will go a long way to ensuring your next batch of calves are ...
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Why Ear-notch Your Calves for BVD?

Why Ear-notch Your Calves for BVD?

Friday, 7th July 2017
 
Have you had BVD on your farm this year? Have your neighbours had it? Did your bulk milk BVD antibody level rise after mating? Have you bought in any stock? If you answered yes to ...
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Looking after colostrum cows

Looking after colostrum cows

Friday, 7th July 2017
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian By the time you read this you’ll most likely have your first calves on the ground. If you are well prepared then all of ...
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So what is farmacy.co.nz and how could it make your life easier?

So what is farmacy.co.nz and how could it make your life easier?

Friday, 7th July 2017
 
Farmacy.co.nz is an online store and electronic dairy diary for our members. With increasing compliance requirements, and busy lifestyles, we wanted to offer an easy, user ...
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Anexa FVC is working for you

Thursday, 8th June 2017
 
The vet club was established 94 years ago for farmers, by farmers. While we continue to offer a wide range of core dairy specialist services including: InCalf and Healthy Hoof ...
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Rotavirus Vaccination
 - Prevention is better than cure when it comes to calf scours

Rotavirus Vaccination
 - Prevention is better than cure when it comes to calf scours

Thursday, 8th June 2017
 
Rotavirus colostrum vaccines are due NOW. Anyone who has had an outbreak of Rotavirus calf scours will tell you about the heartbreak they endured as this awful disease spread ...
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Feeding calves- what to feed, when to feed it and when to wean

Feeding calves- what to feed, when to feed it and when to wean

Thursday, 8th June 2017
 
Colostrum for the best startFeed enough high quality colostrum quickly to newborn calves Calves need 10% of their bodyweight in high quality, first milking colostrum within the ...
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BVD Control is all about the PIs

Thursday, 8th June 2017
 
By Matt Peters, Anexa FVC Rototuna Veterinarian “I don’t have BVD on my farm. It’s under control. I’m monitoring my Bulk Milk and it’s always OK. Isn’t that ...
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Low calcium is often the beginning of a much bigger problem...

Thursday, 8th June 2017
 
By Katrina Roberts, Anexa FVC Herd Health Veterinarian Over the last couple of years, we have undertaken some exciting research into issues with transition cows, and we are ...
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Colostrum management is the key to preventing disease and death in calves

Colostrum management is the key to preventing disease and death in calves

Thursday, 1st June 2017
 
The cow and calf are ‘oddities of nature’. Unlike in other mammalian species, where antibodies can pass freely from the mother across the placenta to bestow immunity to her ...
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How do I improve the antibody level of the colostrum pool for my newborn calves?

How do I improve the antibody level of the colostrum pool for my newborn calves?

Thursday, 1st June 2017
 
If you measure the pool of colostrum for newborn calves and it reads under 22% on the Brix refractometer, you should: 1. Check that the colostrum you are adding to the pool for ...
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Extensive waterlogging and flooding on farm - animal health focus

Extensive waterlogging and flooding on farm - animal health focus

Monday, 8th May 2017
 
It’s been a very wet April for everyone as the tail end of cyclones Debbie and Cook hit the area with most farms waterlogged, and some affected by flooding. Support has been ...
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Do you know what’s happening with your calves?

Do you know what’s happening with your calves?

Monday, 8th May 2017
 
By Michael Shallcrass, Anexa FVC Gordonton Veterinarian When calves are off at grazing it’s easy to think of them as somebody else’s problem. Keep in mind though that once ...
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Vaccination - a convenient (and often cheap!) insurance policy

Vaccination - a convenient (and often cheap!) insurance policy

Monday, 8th May 2017
 
Using vaccines to prevent disease is the most easily recognisable example of the old adage that “prevention is better than cure”. Outbreaks of disease can be time consuming ...
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BVD – How was your end of season result?

BVD – How was your end of season result?

Monday, 8th May 2017
 
By Margaret Perry, Anexa FVC Te Aroha Veterinarian and Matt Peters Anexa FVC Rototuna Veterinarian You may have recently received a phone call from your Anexa FVC Vet with your ...
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What’s happened to Theileria?

What’s happened to Theileria?

Monday, 8th May 2017
 
By Ashley O’Driscoll, Anexa FVC Ngaruawahia Veterinarian Depending on where your farm is located in the Waikato, you may or may not still be seeing cows affected with ...
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Hoof Trimming Benefits

Hoof Trimming Benefits

Monday, 8th May 2017
 
What happens on a day-to-day basis with regards to cow claws? Frequent walking (twice a day covering on average 3-4 km) impacts on the hoof simply because of the weight the claws ...
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Managing Cows Around Dry Off

Managing Cows Around Dry Off

Friday, 5th May 2017
 
Drying off your cows is not just about using the best dry cow product for your farm. It is important for cows to be managed well over this time. How your cows are dried off can ...
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Making Dry off Count

Making Dry off Count

Thursday, 30th March 2017
 
By Hamish Clare, Anexa FVC Morrinsville Veterinarian, Advanced Mastitis Accredited Advisor Your Milk Quality Consult (MQC) is a great opportunity to review the current ...
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Gold Standard Dry Off Procedure

Gold Standard Dry Off Procedure

Thursday, 30th March 2017
 
This is especially important when using Teat Sealant alone.Check if your teatsealant product should be warmed before inserting. Dryseal should not be warmed but in cold conditions ...
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Is your vaccine program working?

Thursday, 30th March 2017
 
By Arnica van der Wiele, Anexa FVC Ngatea Veterinarian Last year some of our Anexa FVC farm clients and Veterinarians took part in a nationwide Massey University trial that ...
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Cost of lameness

Cost of lameness

Thursday, 30th March 2017
 
By Hanneke Officer, Anexa FVC Rototuna Veterinarian Did you realise?A lame cow can cost you $310.09 in early lactation before she shows her lameness. Imagine the cost if you ...
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5 Reasons to Vaccinate Against Salmonella

5 Reasons to Vaccinate Against Salmonella

Thursday, 30th March 2017
 
it causes diarrhoea in cows and can in severe cases result in cow deaths it causes abortion in cows can be contracted by humans and can cause a nasty gut infection vaccination ...
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Why should I drench my young stock?

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
The current warm and wet weather is likely to lead to an increase in the level of worms on pasture. Spring born calves are probably around seven months old now, and are still ...
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It’s not too early to start thinking about drying off your lighter cows

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
By Hamish Clare, Anexa FVC Morrinsville Veterinarian Most of you will know the body condition score (BCS) targets at calving of 5.0 for mixed age (MA) cows and 5.5 for first ...
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How much Zinc is your herd really getting?

How much Zinc is your herd really getting?

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
Last summer, spore counts were excessively high causing wide spread Facial Eczema outbreaks across the Waikato. Ensuring adequate Zinc supplementation is key to prevention. We ...
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Leptospirosis infection - are you at risk?

Leptospirosis infection - are you at risk?

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
Controlling leptospirosis by vaccination has historically been an acceptable way of preventing lepto in humans. However vaccination only minimises the risk and there are other ...
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Salmonella cases are on the rise

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
As farming systems change and adapt in the Waikato, so too do the diseases us Vets come across. Salmonella bacteria cause a profuse scour, occasionally abortion, and sometimes ...
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Plan around cow body condition this Autumn

Plan around cow body condition this Autumn

Tuesday, 31st January 2017
 
Variable rainfall across the Waikato has resulted in a large variation in pasture covers and cow condition this summer. Both cow condition and feed planning need to be closely ...
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Reduce the risk of having ill-thrifty calves

Reduce the risk of having ill-thrifty calves

Tuesday, 29th November 2016
 
By Michael Shallcrass, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Gordonton Many of you send your calves away grazing at the beginning of December, and it’s tempting to cross them off the long ...
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Cow flow

Cow flow

Tuesday, 29th November 2016
 
By Hanneke Officer, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Gordonton Vet: “Your cows are taking it easy on the way to the shed” Farmer: “Not really, they are pretty good ...
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The Proof is in the Scanning

The Proof is in the Scanning

Tuesday, 29th November 2016
 
The advantages of early scanning and every pregnancy being aged include: • Accurate 6-week in-calf rate • Ability to make early culling decisions • Having more accurate ...
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6 reasons why you should consider an early scan

6 reasons why you should consider an early scan

Monday, 31st October 2016
 
Accurate calving dates for every cow1. More milk in the vat Why dry off a cow in March that isn’t calving until September? The difference between feeding a milking and a dry ...
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Want to produce great calves?

Want to produce great calves?

Monday, 31st October 2016
 
One of the secrets to producing great calves lies in minimising the number of growth checks that they suffer. All management changes should happen gradually and at the right time; ...
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Why do we vaccinate against Leptospirosis?

Monday, 31st October 2016
 
Leptospirosis is a horrible debilitating disease that is spread through urine from various animals, including your dairy cows. In the first 6 months of this year there have been ...
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Vet Tip: Take pre-treatment milk samples

Vet Tip: Take pre-treatment milk samples

Monday, 31st October 2016
 
Take a sterile milk sample and store in the freezer prior to treatment. This gives you the option to submit the sample later if the cow doesn’t respond or if you have an ...
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RVM – Restricted Veterinary Medicines

RVM – Restricted Veterinary Medicines

Monday, 31st October 2016
 
Farmers in New Zealand have a privileged position compared to some other dairy producing countries when it comes to having the option of drugs on hand on-farm. As Vets, we ...
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Lameness during mating - what YOU can do to reduce the impact

Thursday, 20th October 2016
 
We are all well aware that sick cows are less likely to get in calf but what are the actual numbers like for lameness and can you do anything about how much a lame cows’ ...
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Struggling with High Bulk Tank Somatic Cell Counts?

Monday, 3rd October 2016
 
Every season is different and we have seen some farms with BTSCCs sitting higher than usual this season. Taking steps to remedy this is especially important for those herds ...
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Flora, fauna, farmers – factors

Flora, fauna, farmers – factors

Wednesday, 31st August 2016
 
Or nutrition, cows, people – races, yard, mud! All these factors (and more) can have an impact on the prevalence of lameness in your herd. Interestingly though, early results ...
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9 ways to prevent human infection of Lepto

Monday, 1st August 2016
 
Controlling leptospirosis by vaccination has historically been the primary way of preventing lepto in humans. However vaccination only minimises the risk and there are other ...
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9 reasons to use potassium sorbate over other colostrum keepers

Thursday, 28th July 2016
 
1. Potassium sorbate is licenced for use in the food producing industry 2. Potassium sorbate works extremely well to prevent antibody decline in colostrum in New Zealand based ...
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How to mix potassium sorbate  for colostrum preservation

How to mix potassium sorbate for colostrum preservation

Thursday, 28th July 2016
 
Potassium sorbate is a chemical preservative and if used correctly will inhibit bacterial growth in colostrum and milk Potassium sorbate can also be used to preserve antibody ...
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How do we preserve colostrum for our calves?

Monday, 25th July 2016
 
By Katie Denholm, Herd Health Veterinarian Historically we have used a wide range of chemical and probiotic preservatives to preserve colostrum in New Zealand; these include ...
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The Risk of Leptospirosis

Wednesday, 1st June 2016
 
Controlling leptospirosis by vaccination has historically been the primary way of preventing lepto in humans. However vaccination only minimises the risk and there are other ...
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Want to reduce environmental clinical mastitis?

Friday, 12th February 2016
 
Teatsealant is one mastitis management tool we can use. Trial work shows that using a teatsealant in heifers pre-calving reduces: - Subclinical mastitis at calving by 65% - ...
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Dealing with mid-late lactation mastitis or high bulk somatic cell counts.

Dealing with mid-late lactation mastitis or high bulk somatic cell counts.

Thursday, 28th January 2016
 
High BMSCCs in mid-late lactation typically result from clinical or subclinical mastitis caused by cow-associated bacteria; most often the Staph. Aureus infection. This is more ...
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Rye Grass Staggers (RGS) - What you need to know

Thursday, 28th January 2016
 
The following are the signs of RGS: Cows becoming more irritable in the shed during milking Cows being more alert when approached in the paddock - head held up higher and cows ...
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Feeding Turnips? A few points to be aware of...

Feeding Turnips? A few points to be aware of...

Wednesday, 27th January 2016
 
There are many different varieties of turnip available including Barkant, Greenglobe and Whitestar. Every variety has slightly different yield and maturity characteristics with ...
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So how is your mating going?

So how is your mating going?

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd+Plus Veterinarian Interpreting your Return Interval Analysis (RIA) and Non-Return Rate (NRR) in combination with your three week submission rates, can ...
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Early scan – when and why would you bother?

Early scan – when and why would you bother?

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015
 
By Dave Curnow, Anexa FVC Ngatea Veterinarian In a season with low payout it may seem counter intuitive to consider this option but given the value of the information gathered ...
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Monitoring Submission Rates

Monitoring Submission Rates

Wednesday, 21st October 2015
 
By Katrina Roberts, Herd+Plus Veterinarian “I’m putting one less cow up a day during AB, but that’s okay isn’t it?” Let’s do the sums. We all know that the ...
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Reduce losses associated with poor milk quality

Reduce losses associated with poor milk quality

Wednesday, 21st October 2015
 
By Mike Denholm, Anexa Rototuna and Herd+Plus Veterinarian Anexa FVC can provide the tools and services to help you manage milk quality in a smarter way, aiming to reduce the ...
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Monitoring young stock performance makes a huge difference to their progress

Monitoring young stock performance makes a huge difference to their progress

Wednesday, 21st October 2015
 
By Mike Shallcrass, Anexa Gordonton Veterinarian All too often we hear that farmers aren’t happy with their heifers when they come back from grazing, and they solve the ...
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Treating clinical  mastitis in mid to late lactation

Treating clinical mastitis in mid to late lactation

Monday, 19th October 2015
 
By Dr Scott McDougall, Cognosco As lactation progresses, the type of bacteria associated with clinical mastitis changes on many dairy farms. Commonly, in the first month or so ...
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Interpreting Your BVD Bulk Milk Results

Interpreting Your BVD Bulk Milk Results

Monday, 5th October 2015
 
Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) primarily causes infertility and abortion in New Zealand dairy herds. The disease is notoriously difficult to eradicate and difficult to ...
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Animal Health Plans

Animal Health Plans

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
 
What is an animal health plan? An animal health plan is personalised planner for your farm, developed by you and your vet. This enables you to plan the entire season in advance ...
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Benefits of Early Pregnancy Testing

Benefits of Early Pregnancy Testing

Monday, 14th September 2015
 
Early pregnancy testing involves scanning your herd approximately 12 - 14 weeks after the planned start of mating (PSM). This provides critical information which can assist your ...
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Preventative Hoof Trimming

Preventative Hoof Trimming

Monday, 14th September 2015
 
Best time for preventative trimming is in the dry season. Anexa FVC has a professionally trained trimmer, technician Graham Grant. We use a specialised hydraulic trimming ...
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Top tips on the recommended use of a backing / top gate:

Monday, 14th September 2015
 
It is important to remember not to overuse the backing or top gate as this will reduce the space each cow has in the yard resulting in pushing, slipping, forced changes to milking ...
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Bovine Virus Diarrhoea (BVD)

Bovine Virus Diarrhoea (BVD)

Friday, 4th September 2015
 
BVD infection in adult dairy cows can cause reproductive wastage, weight loss and reduced milk yield. BVD also causes immune suppression, meaning cattle that have an active ...
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Grading? Let Us Help

Thursday, 27th August 2015
 
Anexa FVC has a team of Advanced Mastitis Accredited Vets, meaning if you are eligible for compensation under the Fonterra demerit relief scheme, intervention may not cost you ...
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Bovine Digital Dermatitis (BDD)

Bovine Digital Dermatitis (BDD)

Monday, 10th August 2015
 
There is a new disease of the feet of cattle, with multiple cases emerging in dairy herds across New Zealand. Bovine Digital Dermatitis (BDD) is a highly contagious disease that ...
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Knowing Bull Soundness Is Important.

Knowing Bull Soundness Is Important.

Friday, 7th August 2015
 
Getting bulls fertility checked is one of the most effective, easy and inexpensive ways of improving your herd’s reproductive performance. Why? From our 25 years of ...
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Treatment Of Scouring Calves

Treatment Of Scouring Calves

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Scours: prevention is much easier than cure. Studies show that 40-50% of calves do not receive enough colostrum within the first 12 hours of life. This makes them prone to ...
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Young Stock Monitoring Service

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Your goal is to get healthy, in-calf heifers returning to the home farm. Anexa FVC’s Young Stock Monitoring Service can help you achieve this. WHAT’S INVOLVED? Planning ...
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Importance of Trace Element Testing

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Trace element profiles are dynamic and seasonal so they change frequently. Just because your herd was not deficient last year, does not mean it will be the same this year. At the ...
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Lameness Prevention & Care

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Lame Cow Management • Avoid long distance walking e.g. keep animals close to the shed • Milk only once a day • Trim feet and treat problem as soon as lameness appears ...
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Prudent Antibiotic Use For Calf Scours

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Antibiotics should only be used for calves that are depressed, are not eating and have a temperature. The leading cause of calf scours in New Zealand is viral. This means that ...
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Teatsealing Heifers

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Practical Facts about Teatsealing Heifers 1. Trial work shows that using Teatseal™ in heifers pre-calving reduces subclinical mastitis at calving by 65% and clinical mastitis ...
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Appropriate use of Anti-Inflammatories

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Key Points for Dairy Cattle Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs) have several effects: • They reduce inflammation • They reduce fever • They prevent or treat ...
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Bulk Tank Milk Sample Collection

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Bulk Tank Milk Sample Collection If your milk tank is a sealed vat: • Ensure milk flow has stopped and milk stirrer has been on for at least one hour • Open milk valve and ...
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Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
BVD infection in adult dairy cows can cause reproductive wastage, weight loss and reduced milk yield. BVD also causes immune suppression, meaning cattle that have an active ...
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Diseases Of Young Stock

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Diseases Of Young Stock Leptospirosis: WHAT A bacterial disease with many different species and strains that will affect different animals. EFFECT The disease can be ...
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Dry Cow Therapy

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
You have made the decision, with your veterinarian, to use dry cow therapy in your herd as part of your milk quality management strategy. Please read the following important ...
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Drying Off Management

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
It is almost that time of year again - time to dry off the cows, and have a sleep in. The process of drying off is important and it is essential to get it right. The dry period ...
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An app that predicts the cure rate of clinical mastitis.

An app that predicts the cure rate of clinical mastitis.

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
 
Each year, more than 700,000 dairy cows across New Zealand are treated for clinical mastitis. However, the success rate of these treatments varies between 20% and 90%. This means ...
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Transition Cow Management

Friday, 26th June 2015
 
The transition period is defined as the four weeks before and after calving, and is characterised by a greatly increased risk of disease. Cows are typically at greater risk of ...
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Theileria-the tick disease

Theileria-the tick disease

Thursday, 18th June 2015
 
Theileria is a parasite that lives in the red blood cells of cattle. It destroys the red blood cells (causing anemia) and releases the pieces of the red blood cells into the blood ...
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