Wellsford Vet News

Newsletter – March 2021

Newsletter – March 2021

The weather conditions have again been trying with several farms reporting being in a similar position to last year. There is definitely an autumn feel to the air and more rain will be coming. Thanks to those clients completing the compliance requirements around dry...

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Lumpy Pasture

Lumpy Pasture

Uneven pasture has been noticeable around the district and often occurs when the grass is growing well. The unevenness is due to nutrient deficits. Nitrogen is often the limiting nutrient and when nitrogen has been applied and the pasture is still lumpy then it is...

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Newsletter – November 2019

Newsletter – November 2019

Mating is winding down for most dairy farms with the bulls now running with the herd. Keep an eye on dominant behaviour from the bulls and rotate the mating team around. Sometimes it is beneficial to remove dominant bulls from the mating team as they can spend all...

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Managing Mastitis

Managing Mastitis

Mastitis and cell count elevation go hand in hand. Over the years many mastitis detection tools have been developed and all work on the basis that the changing chemical composition of mastitis milk is characterised by the change of individual parameters, these are...

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Mating

Mating

Few things affect farm financial viability more than getting cows in-calf early. Mating for a short time seems like being a great idea after “slogging through the required workload” of spring time. Anything to make things easier. Unfortunately empty cows have a...

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Newsletter – October 2019

Newsletter – October 2019

The Mycoplasma stigma seems to have been extended to any farmer bringing large numbers of animals to a new area e.g. a new 50:50 share milker. This is inappropriate. I would liken it to the initial HIV/AID’s issues of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Education and knowledge...

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Ear Infections

Ear Infections

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons for pet owners to consult with their vet. The condition becomes apparent when your pet constantly scratches its ears. Head shaking, reddening, scaling and swelling of the externally visible part of the ears are...

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Mycoplasma Testing

Mycoplasma Testing

During the autumn, to screen for the bacteria Mycoplasma bovis, bulk milk samples have been collected from milking herds every fortnight throughout New Zealand and testing of these samples has finally concluded in the last couple of weeks. From these bulk milk tests,...

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