Totally Vets - Farm Animal Services

By: Totally Vets  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Animals, Veterinary Services, General Medicine

General Medicine and Surgery

Totally Vets focuses both your and our energies on reducing the need for emergency veterinary services to treat sick and injured or distressed animals. Unfortunately, as the old adage says "where there's live ones there's dead ones", emergency services will always be one of Totally Vets' areas of service. Caring for animals is a significant aspect of the picture New Zealand primary industries wish to convey to our international markets.

Reproductive Services

Dairy cow fertility is a key focus area for farmers looking to improve on-farm profitability. The InCalf Programme, funded by New Zealand dairy farmers through their DairyNZ levy, puts the value of each 1% improvement in six week in-calf rate at $4 per cow in the herd and each 1% reduction in empty rate at $10 per cow. This means that a 300 cow herd improving six week in-calf rate by 8% and empty rate by 3% could add $18,600 to the bottom line. The InCalf Programme allows for measured improvement in herd reproductive performance by following a four-step process for effecting change in herd reproductive performance.

Assess and measure current herd reproductive performance

Identify the scope for improvement and the likely benefits

Determine the options for change. Select the best option(s)

Implement the chosen changes

Like the Healthy Hoof Programme, assessing and measuring what's happening now allows a diagnosis of the issues, a logical progression to remedy those issues and a means of comparing back to easure improvements. In other words it takes the guess work out of it and bases decisions to change on what is known. Silver bullets haven't worked!

Farmers register with DairyNZ and choose their support provider via:

Totally Vets

Free Phone 0800 4 DairyNZ

Lameness

Lameness is caused by the interaction of many factors and as a result  requires sustained effort to improve. There is no one quick fix!  The Healthy Hoof Programme is a simple, stepwise approach to managing lameness on dairy farms caused by physical factors. It consists of 5 key steps that each farm takes with the support of a trained Totally Vets programme provider.

The purpose of the programme is to help farmers reduce lame cows through improved management of cows and people! Despite the fact that many dairy farmers have an understanding of the physical factors that cause lameness, poor cow flow and stockmanship are still not being addressed on many farms.

The main benefits of the Healthy Hoof Programme are realised through the diagnostic visit and training provided by Totally Vets. Farmers will be required to pay for the provider's time in supporting them through Healthy Hoof, but the learning resources are supplied free of charge to all New Zealand dairy farmers.

Farmers register with DairyNZ and choose their support provider via:

Totally Vets

Free Phone 0800 4 DairyNZ

Sheep Scanning

Premier Breeding Services and Totally Vets can tell you what your ewes are carrying - the key then is to make the best use of this information in the way those animals are managed for the rest of their pregnancy and on into lambing. The Totally Vets advisory team of Trevor Cook and Ginny Dodunski have accumulated a huge amount of knowledge and practical experience in making the most of this information.

Besides feed prioritisation, knowing what ewes are carrying will also allow for the multiples to be born into the most suitable paddocks on the farm in order to enhance lamb survival in bad weather and to minimise mismothering of twins and triplets.

Intelact

Intelact is an established leader in Dairy Farm Consultancy offering an integrated farm systems and business management approach. Intelact combines the groups wide ranging consultancy expertise with leading edge technology designed to improve profit for dairy farmers throughout New Zealand, Australia and now South Africa.

Lindsay Rowe is an Intelact Dairy Consultant for the lower North Island. A veterinarian for over 25 years, he has worked primarily in dairy practice since 1986. His interest in dairy cow production and reproduction is well balanced by the Intelact approach to nutrition and total on-farm productivity.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Animals, General Medicine, Veterinary Services

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