Exciting New Mastitis Research

  Exciting New Mastitis Research By Dr David Beggs In the next few weeks, an important research project will commence at Warrnambool Veterinary. We have been contracted by Bayer Animal Health to trial a new treatment for mastitis. The trial is being run to assist registration of the new product in Australia. Because of this a large number of samples are required. The target number is 600 cases of mastitis in each treatment group. With each herd involved, and with each case of mastitis there will be a bit of paperwork involved so that everything undertaken as part of the trial can be documented. Milk samples will need to be collected for culture by Warrnambool Veterinary staff before treatment, and the treatment course will be also be commenced by one of our staff members. The upside for farmers who choose to be involved are: All treatment costs provided at no cost to the farmer; Mastitis sampling and culture provided at no cost to the farmer, and undertaken by Warrnambool Veterinary Staff; Mastitis sampling will occur before first treatment, and again around three weeks later to assess success of treatment; There will be a payment to the farmer for each case enrolled into the trial; and Dairy farmers will receive up to date knowledge on the mastitis organisms causing mastitis in their herds. We are very excited at being involved in this project, and any farmers who are as excited as us and would like to be involved are invited to contact us for further information. Several farmers have already expressed their interest, but because a large number of samples...

Another award for David Beggs!

  Another award for David Beggs! A huge congratulations to Dr Dave Beggs who was awarded a Fellowship Award at this year’s Australian Veterinary Association Conference in Melbourne. Fellows of the Australian Veterinary Association are members who have rendered outstanding service for the Association. This is the Association’s most senior award for service to the AVA and is awarded only for the most truly outstanding service. We only see Beggsy occasionally at Warrnambool Veterinary, but he still works here helping to coordinate and analyse our research projects and trials and assisting with the management of Melbourne University residents. He also makes sure the practice computer system works well, and works to upgrade and improve our software programs Dairy Data and Farm Cash. Away from the clinic Beggsy lectures Melbourne University students, and is in the process of writing up his PhD in cattle welfare. He spends a lot of time voluntarily as the Scientific Officer for the Australian Cattle Vets and helps organise Australian Veterinary Association conferences. In his spare time he is on a number of advisory committees such as the Australian Mastitis Council, the Veterinary Practitioners Board of Victoria, and the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. Warrnambool Veterinary is extremely proud to see Dave honoured with such a prestigious award and thanks him for all his contributions to making Warrnambool Veterinary and the cattle industries of Australia successful! Congratulations...

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...