Expert Advice

Dairy Animal Services

Drill down on your drenching

Every livestock farming system requires a unique worm management plan which follows principles and strategies to make it a sustainable one. Aorangi Vets care about the long-term and understand the importance of knowing a system well to enable the right advice. This week during our…

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Multimin Injection to Boost Your Bottom Line

Having trace element levels adequate prior to mating is essential for having cows performing well.  Most if not all of our farms will be very familiar with selenium and copper; and will have supplementation and monitoring programs in place to ensure the levels of these…

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Heifer Teat sealing

Heifers are the future of your herd and you have invested considerable money and time before they enter the milking herd. The quickest way to devalue this investment is calving mastitis, which often leaves heifers with light quarters, and complicates their first few days in…

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Autumn Trace element testing

Reproductive efficiency, cow health and milk production are integral parts of a successful dairy farm. The cow has a requirement for essential nutrients to perform at her best. A trace mineral is one that is present in low concentrations in the body tissues and fluids…

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Subclinical hypocalcaemia in Dairy cows

Did you know that a 550kg dairy cow normally has a blood calcium level of around 3 grams? Once she calves, in lactation she requires approximately 23 grams per day! Recent studies in NZ have shown the average herd-level prevalence of subclinical milk fever is…

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Immunity and trace elements in newborn calves

Calves get their antibodies (that set up their immune system) from the cow via colostrum. This is termed “Passive transfer”. You may hear the term FPT or failure of passive transfer used. This happens when the calves don’t get enough colostrum, quickly enough after birth.…

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