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Don’s Blog – 25 June 2016


Hi everyone,


it is getting pretty soggy out there. I hope everyone is coping ok and it dries out a bit before you are all underway. Some cows are probably getting tired from long periods of standing.


Sarah had what I thought was a good tip she picked up from a client. When he treated a cow for mastitis he attached a cable tie around her leg. Not too tight obviously. If you leave them on the cow  throughout the season it is quickly apparent then if she becomes a repeat offender and searches of records aren’t needed  to  find problem cows for culling.


I read an article today with a little story  about John Glenn, the first American in space, for those not old enough to remember. He said,” As I hurtled through space one thought kept crossing my mind; every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” He got lucky, in those days tenderers probably had higher standards than nowadays. It made me think about calf electrolytes, there is a big range available and you get what you pay for. The cheap ones are barely suitable for the job. We stock products that we think do the best for scouring calves and will actually help in their quick recovery.


A popular press topic at present is about antibiotic resistance and the association with stock treatments. In NZ we have one of the very lowest antibiotic usages in our animals. There is also no evidence that our use has led to any of the problems facing us. We as vets are well aware of our responsibilities and only prescribe appropriate drugs and amounts for your animals.

From my point of view the problem is more related to the medical profession and government agencies around the world. We will either need a lot of luck or some amazing advancements to avoid problems in the future.






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Hi everyone – it is about this time each year we start to see pink eye outbreaks in dairy herds. This usually coincides with bulls going into herds and, rightly or wrongly, they always get the blame. Once infection is firmly established in the milkers it becomes a nightmare trying to find, isolate and treat every day. Keep a close eye out for weeping eyes as the first symptom and isolate and treat. Get a definite diagnosis to be sure. In the early stages of an outbreak vaccination can help reduce the impact, but will not prevent some cases occurring. If you are worried about infected bulls we can give a one off antibiotic treatment to clear them up. For additional pictures and information about pink eye read our January 2013 Ruminations Newsletter.