Vet Notes 03

July 2012
Apologies for this going out late this month. 


Chris Carter to join Totally Vets as Chief Executive
Chris Carter
 

In October, Chris Carter will join Totally Vets as our Chief Executive following Nigel’s decision to retire as our Executive Director in December. Read more...


Surviving a low payout

One of the key drivers of farm profitability is the operating cost per kilogram of milk solids (kgMS). If you are able to increase production and either maintain or reduce operating costs per kgMS, then farm profitability remains robust despite fluctuations in pay out. Read more...


Lameness seminar review

On March 22nd we had the great pleasure to host Neil Chesterton, a veterinarian consultant specializing in dairy cattle lameness. Neil is widely recognized for his expertise and consults not only in New Zealand but also overseas. Read more...


It's time to worm your chickens

The best times to worm your chickens are in spring and autumn.  A healthy chicken can tolerate a minor worm burden; however, all chickens will need worming 1-4 times per year depending on how they are kept. Read more...

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Best practice for bobby calves

Back in 2007, a consignment of bobby calves arrived at a processing plant in southern Taranaki. The weather was wet, windy and cold. The truck had no covers, the calves were saturated and shivering, some were hypothermic and several calves died. Read more...


Bearings in ewes

It is well known that ewes carrying multiple lambs are more likely to have bearings around lambing time compared to ewes with only a singleton. Read more...

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The hazards of feeding brassicas 

The feeding of Brassica crops has become commonplace and with many winter crops soon to be fed, it seems timely to highlight the hazards that can be encountered.   Read more...


Sheep scanning - the advantages

Scanning percentage is a key driver of flock efficiency in terms of producing lambs through to weaning. Making use of scanning data can also reduce ewe wastage, lamb losses and improve lamb growth rates which are also key drivers of flock efficiency.  Read more...


Beef cow pregnancy-testing - aim for 95%

When the pregnancy-testing results don’t go to plan, have you asked yourself why? Read more...


Neospora outbreak

We talk a constantly about BVD as a potential cause of abortion in cattle, but what about the organism that is the cause of most diagnosed abortions in cattle in New Zealand i.e. Neospora caninumRead more...

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