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...

Warrnambool Veterinary & Apiam Animal Health

18 November 2015 Dear Warrnambool Veterinary Client, Since 1978 Warrnambool Veterinary has focused on providing the highest quality veterinary services for dairy, farm, equine and domestic pets on-farm and via our clinics based at Warrnambool, Koroit, Port Fairy and Nullawarre and is recognised as a leader in innovation, actively engaging the various levels of industry to continually improve and advance the level of service provided. Our clients’ needs and expectations are the motivating force behind our quest for continual improvement. To this end, the Directors of Warrnambool Veterinary have been in discussion with a number of very successful and well-regarded clinics across Australia about the potential to enter in to a mutually beneficial commercial agreement. The discussions have resulted in the formation of an entity, a publicly listed company, known to investors as Apiam Animal Health Ltd. The company will continue to be majority owned by the existing veterinary clinics’ directors. The aim of this company is to provide increased resources and infrastructure to support the individual practices that make up the group allowing them to do what they do now, but even better, and to grow and develop their services still further to meet the evolving needs of their clients. Under such a structure, the day-to-day management, culture, and operations of Warrnambool Veterinary will not change. Our service delivery will not change unless, of course, that change is for the better. The Warrnambool Veterinary name, logo, building and brand will not change. The only change will be our increased capacity to grow and refine our services to meet our clients changing needs, particularly across the dairy industry. The...

Cups On Cups Off Short Course

Cups On Cups Off - Short Course Mastitis problems in your herd?  Enrol now in this highly regarded program, developed to assist dairy farmers achieve the best possible results in the prevention and management of mastitis. Date: Friday 4 & 11 September Time: 10 am — 2.30 pm Venue: Warrnambool Veterinary 514 Raglan Parade Warrnambool Cost: $180 per participant Lunch provided on day 1. For more information please contact Michelle Easterbrook on 0407 552 011 or email ncdeawest@gotafe.vic.edu.au  Download the information flyer...

Fertility in Dairy Cows – Pie Night

Warrnambool Veterinary Pie Night Fertility in Dairy Cows Wednesday 19 August at 7.30 PM Warrnambool Football Club – Oval Room The culmination of a three year fertility focused research project conducted locally by Melbourne University resident and Warrnambool Veterinary staff member Dr Kelly Plozza. Do not miss this event!  Kelly’s research is at the forefront in fertility management and is directly related to your farm’s productivity and how you manage your herd’s fertility. Rarely do you have the opportunity to hear first hand the outcomes and recommendations involved in research so fundamental to the day-to-day operations of your dairy. PRESENTATION 1 What are the causes of poor fertility in local dairy herds? A discussion on risk factors that effect a herds fertility. > Body condition at time of joining > Time calved > Age > Mastitis > Endometritis (dirty cows). PRESENTATION 2  Trial results using a novel method to treat non cycling cows. Fixed-time insemination has been used to treat non-cycling cows, however there are limitations. Is there a more effective approach to treating non-cycling cows and can we manage them more efficiently and economically? Warrnambool Football Club — Oval Room at 7.30 pm Cramer Street Warrnambool RSVP by Monday 17 August  to the Large Animal Desk on 5561 7666 Supported by  Download the flyer for easy...