by Helen Taylor Helen Taylor is the Senior Veterinarian at Wairoa Farm Vets In October 2019 new regulations were introduced to ensure the welfare of calves around on-farm practices and dairying with the requirement to use local anaesthetic for disbudding. This applies to calves of any age.
Our preferred disbudding method is sedation plus local anaesthetic and pain relief. This provides the benefit of being quicker as well
as allowing other procedures to be done such as vacci
by Bas Van Luijk, Bas is the Head Veterinarian at East Coast Farm Vets Bloat is a relatively common condition in spring, affecting cattle more than any other species. In the biggest of their stomachs (the rumen) live a lot of microorganisms. When all is well, the microorganisms will thrive and multiply. In return for these favours, the cow will eat a part of them, after they have transformed non digestible cellulose into high-quality food. A by-product of this process is gas
Pet calves are always fun for the whole family. Not only do they make great pets they're also a viable income option for many. Therefore it makes sense to give them the best possible start. Our Pet Calf feeding guide will ensure your calf/calves are given the best start. Feeding pet lambs too? See our Pet Lamb feeding guide for more helpful tips.
Whether you're rearing an orphan lamb which has been neglected by their mother, or a triplet lamb that would benefit from being bottle fed, rearing lambs can be a fun and rewarding experience for all. Our feeding guide will help establish some good "ground rules" when it comes to rearing lambs and give you some helpful tips to ensure they get off to the best start. Got pet calves as well? Take a look at our Pet Calf feeding guide for more helpful tips.
Rams, Bulls and Dog Vaccination run After a mild winter we’ve come into spring and it’s time for bull testing, ram testing and dog vaccinations/flea treatment. There are also a few points to consider for bulls, rams and dogs for this time of year, please see the second page. Once filled in, you can either email/drop your form into the clinic or give us a call with your details so we can book your preferred date.