2017 Herd Health Management Courses

Warrnambool Veterinary Herd Health Management Course A single, concise, up to date course covering dairy farm animal health and management decisions. Topics covered by our experienced dairy veterinarians include: Reproductive Management to achieve better fertility Mastitis Control Animal Health and Prevention Calf rearing – management and diseases Growing Replacements - from calving to mating Basics of Nutrition – use of grain, pastures, fodder crops, supplements and problems Technology and Computers When: 21, 23, 28 & 30 March 2017 10 am to 3 pm Where: Warrnambool Veterinary Meeting Room Cost: $385 or Free for VetClub members   Warrnambool Veterinary Calf Rearer School A concise, one day, practical course on Calf Rearing and Diseases Topics covered by our experienced dairy veterinarians include: Colostrum management and disease prevention Calf diseases and treatment Nutrition and Practical Rearing When: Tuesday 21 March 2017 10 am to 3.00 Where: Warrnambool Veterinary Meeting Room Cost: $155 or Free for VetClub members To enrol in the Herd Health Management Course or Calf Rearer School call the Farm Desk on 5561 7666. Note places are limited so book...

Warrnambool Veterinary Dairy Farmer Night

On Wednesday 5 October Warrnambool Veterinary hosted a Dairy farmer night attended by 90 farmers from across the region. The key note speaker for the night Mr Colin Mckenna, Founder and Managing Director of The Midfield Group kept the crowd engaged discussing a range of topics from the current beef market, employment challenges within his business, his view of the future of dairying, succession planning and the milk processing plant in Penola, a joint venture between Midfield and Louis Dreyfus Company. Alison Kennedy, a research fellow with the National Centre for Farmer Health in partnership with Western District Health Service and Deakin University discussed the research project, The Ripple Effect. Alison asked farmers and the community present to speak up about suicide and participate in the project by adding their experiences to the online portal. The research project’s aim is to gather stories about suicide to build an understanding of how suicide impacts on regional communities. The data will help guide contributing organisations and government in developing plans to address the issue and provide proactive resources across regional Victoria. You can find out more about The Ripple Effect, read local stories about the impact of suicide or add your story about suicide to the growing database by visiting www.therippleeffect.com.au. Matt Barnes, southwest Victoria’s Key Account Manager with Apiam Animal Health spoke about the relationship between Apiam and Warrnambool Veterinary and what the role of key account manager entails. Matt presented a selection of the new services available to Warrnambool Veterinary dairy clients. The night was a resounding success with attendees enjoying a drink and a bite to eat in the...

Introducing Matt Barnes

Welcome Aboard Matt Barnes! Warrnambool Veterinary & Apiam Animal Health are pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Barnes as Key Account Manager. Based at Warrnambool Veterinary, Matt’s role is to work with our clients to provide advice on affordable solutions to meet individual farmers on-going needs. Matt will keep our clients up-to-date with the latest proactive health programs and services and research outcomes available through Warrnambool. Importantly Matt will listen closely to our clients to help guide our service development to align with client requirements. Matt has been working in the dairy industry for 17 years with Genetics Australia, James and Son Australia and for the last 7.5 years with CopRice. Matt has a solid understanding of animal genetics and animal nutrition and feels that the experience he brings to the role of Key Account Manager will allow him to provide informed advice and support to Warrnambool Veterinary clients. Matt’s role is a direct result of Warrnambool Veterinary’s recent agreement to become part of Apiam Animal Health. Apiam Animal Health now incorporates over 100 highly experienced industry veterinarians providing expertise across the dairy, pig, feedlot, sheep and the companion animal sectors. One of the key drivers for Warrnambool Veterinary’s involvement with Apiam Animal Health was to allow the clinic to grow and refine our services and programs to meet our clients ever changing needs. Matt is the first of many additional resources and programs that will become available as the business continues to expand and develop. Over the next few months Matt will endeavour to catch up with you all individually to introduce himself (if you haven’t already...

Introducing Melbourne Uni Dairy Resident Elke Erregger & Research on Leptospirosis

Hi, my name is Elke Erregger, I am the new University of Melbourne dairy cattle resident at Warrnambool Veterinary. I qualified as a Veterinarian in Vienna in 2005 and have worked in large animal practice in Austria, the UK, and since 2015 in Australia). I’ve met a few of you already and really enjoy working with you in the south west of Victoria. My research project, which is a component of my University of Melbourne residency, is in establishing the prevalence of Leptospirosis in SW Victoria. Leptospirosis is a disease that can be transmitted from cows to humans and hence is a risk to farmers and farm workers. You will shortly receive an invitation via Australia Post to take part in my research project. I am looking for herds that are pregnancy testing and that are either vaccinating or NOT vaccinating for leptospirosis. A short survey will be conducted to gain some general information and after late pregnancy testing urine samples will be collected from non-pregnant cows. Participants receive a FREE evaluation of their herd’s leptospirosis status. The following article provides a closer look at Leptospirosis. I hope you will join with me in to ensure the research provides valuable insight into the prevalence of leptospirosis in south west dairy herds. Leptospirosis Leptospirosis It is well known that lepto can damage the reproductive performance of dairy and beef herds. Lepto can also make people extremely ill, and put them out of action for several months. Signs in people include severe flu-like symptoms which can develop into a chronic fatigue illness. For many years Warrnambool Veterinary has recommended Ultravac® 7in1...

Seminar: Understanding Cow Behaviour – Your Best Defence Against Lameness

Neil Chesterton, a veterinarian in Dairy practice in New Zealand, has spent the last 40 years studying the causes of lameness. He travels for 3 to 4 months each year presenting seminars and investigating lameness problems in dairy herds. Neil will be at Warrnambool Racing Club for this exclusive seminar hosted by Warrnambool Veterinary Understanding Cow Behaviour – Your Best Defence Against Lameness! Your choice of two sessions … Date and Times: Wednesday 15 June at 11 am –  2 pm or 7 pm – 9 pm Venue: Warrnambool Racing Club, Grafton Road Warrnambool. RSVP Required by Friday 10 June on 5561 7666 – LIMITED SPACES BOOK EARLY Do more than 10% of your herd get lame in a 12 month period? Do you have a lot of white-line lameness? Do your cows lose weight when they get lame? Do you need to use some pressure with backing gates to keep the herd flowing? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, then this seminar is a must for you and your entire team. Visit Neil’s informative website at www.lamecow.co.nz and view the video clip at www.lamecow.co.nz/Cowflow.shtml. You will learn things about cow behaviour that will surprise you and it will change the way you handle cows! Cost: $15 per Head or $49 per Farm – split your farm team over two sessions! Refreshments provided Download the Seminar Flyer here! RSVP Required by Friday 10 June 2016.  Call Warrnambool Veterinary to book a place for your team on 5561...

FarmChat February

February Farm Chat Days Foot Trimming Demonstration with the Mobile Tipper Crush Where & When … two options Tuesday 2 February 12 noon at McCluggage’s 420 Swans Lane Allansford or Wednesday 3 February 12 noon at Riverside #1 339 Kent Fords Lane Ballengiech BBQ Lunch and refreshments provided. All attendees will receive a discount for foot trimming services provided by Warrnambool Veterinary throughout 2016. RSVP the Farm Desk on 5561 7666 by Monday 1...