Vet Advisory Services

Animal Health & Production Advisory Services

 

Our Vet Advisory Services team can help you to achieve your performance and production goals. They are specialist in their fields and by working alongside you and your lead vet, can deliver solutions to achieve your farming goals.
We understand that productivity relies not only on the performance of individual cows, but on the herd as a whole. Minimising herd level incidence of disease and monitoring performance are important to your sustainability as a dairy farmer.
We are able to provide a tailored service to suit you and your farm. Whether it be improving or achieving consistency in your herd’s performance (reproduction, mastitis and whole farm systems), risk management or refining your farm management strategy, we have the expertise.

Vet advisory service areas include:

Repro
Let us help you improve your 6 week in calf rate and reduce empty rate. Advisors are trained in the inCalf program.

Milk Quality
Let us help you improve milk quality, whether reduced clinical mastitis or reduce bulk somatic cell count. Advisor utilise Smart SAMM and Healthy Udder tools and are Fonterra Accredited Mastitis advisors.

Lameness
Have fewer lame cows and improve hoof condition. Advisors are trained in the Healthy Hoof program.

Farm Systems
Improve resilience of your farm business. Advisors are part of the Intelact group and use feed budgeting tools (UDDER) and financial analyses tools (Red Sky) to help farmers become more productive, profitable and environmentally sustainable.

Condition Score
We will monitor herd condition over time. This information can be used in key herd management decisions. Advisors are DairyNZ BCS accredited.



Steve Harkness

Veterinarian, In Calf Advisor, Certified Body Condition Score Assessor
 
 

Steve has worked in the Gordonton area for over 31 years as a Veterinarian specialising In dairy cows, and heads the team at the Gordonton clinic. Steve is passionate about improving reproductive performance and farm profitability (he is a qualified InCalf advisor), with his other special interests including mastitis, mineral supplementation and pregnancy testing.
Outside work Steve’s interests include travel, languages, music, “chicken photography” and humour.



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