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Spore counts remain similar to last week

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor farms have shown the following:

  • Hinuera – 5000 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 6600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 5000 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 20,000 spores/gram
  • Walton – 3300 spores/gram

Lack of any significant rain is limiting spore multiplication still. However, there are  now sufficient numbers on all monitor farms to allow very rapid increases once moisture level is sufficient to support spore replication.

Have you got your boluses in?

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail team on 07 88 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.

 


Score yourself a free Chiefs Polo….

Get rewarded for organising your Autumn drench early.

Purchase selected Boehringer-Ingelheim drenches from MVS and for a limited time receive a free Chiefs Polo Shirt.

See in store for details, or give Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team a call on 07 888 8197.

This promotion runs from 1st February 2019 until 30 April 2019, or while stocks last.


Spores are now detectable on all monitor farms, but a lack of moisture is keeping counts ‘in check’ for now…

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following :

  • Hinuera – 6,600 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 4,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 6,600 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Walton – 11,600 spores/gram

 

While these spore counts are not currently considered a significant challenge, rain (when it does arrive) will trigger an explosive increase in spore counts. Make sure you are prepared.  

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR BOLUSES IN?

 

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team on 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.


Don’t forget it’s Waitangi Day on Wednesday

The clinic will be closed on Wednesday 6th February to observe Waitangi Day.

A duty veterinarian will be available for emergencies on 07 888 8197.

The clinic will reopen 8.00am Thursday 7th February.


Spore counts are now rising fast on some monitor farms

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following :

  • Hinuera – 0 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 0 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 36,000 spores/gram
  • Walton – 8,300 spores/gram

Due to these results and the rising trend it may be time to check your Facial Eczema (FE) Management program now to ensure it is adequate.

A 2014 study over 106 NZ farms demonstrated only 30% of animals tested, had adequate zinc blood levels indicating sufficient protection against FE.

IF IN DOUBT – CHECK IT OUT!

Testing 10-15 animals approximately three weeks after you have started zinc at full rates will show how effective your program is.

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team on 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.


MVS welcomes Katelyn

Katelyn joined MVS in January 2019 as part of our Farm Services team as a Dairy Technician.

Having graduated from Massey University in 2018, Katelyn comes to us with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and is very excited to commence her Veterinary Technician career with MVS.

Katelyn assists the vets and technicians in many of the every day activities and particularly enjoys vaccinating and calf dis-budding.    She is very keen to learn and refine her skills during her new role.

Outside of work Katelyn enjoys playing futsal and tennis, exploring the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.


Spore counts are climbing!

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:

  • Hinuera – 0 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 5000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 3300 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 23000 spores/gram
  • Walton – 1700 spores/gram

Spore counts are on our Tirau monitor farm have exceeded 20,000 spores/gram for the first time season. We recommend for local farmers to start checking their own farms now.  Four samples for the price of three.

A friendly reminder that Boluses/Bullets can be damaged by heat. We suggest you keep them out of the sun where possible!

We will be closed for Farm retail Saturday morning due to Auckland Anniversary weekend and the clinic will reopen Tuesday 29th January 2019.

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team pm 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.


Has the rain affected spore counts?

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following :

  • Hinuera – 1700 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 0 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 1700 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Walton – 1700 spores/gram

We have seen an increase in spore counts across most monitor farms this week.

Not quite at significant levels yet, but definitely starting to climb.

 

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team on 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.


Have you ordered your zinc boluses?

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:

  • Hinuera – 0 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 5,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 0 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 1700 spores/gram
  • Walton – 0 spores/gram

There are no significant counts as yet, but there are definitely spores around.

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team on 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.


MVS WELCOMES RYLEY

This week we welcome Ryley Morgan-Williams to our Farm Veterinary Team.

Ryley graduated from the University of Queensland in November 2018 and has a particular interest in calf rearing and reproductive health.

She is also interested in cattle herd health, management of sheep, and bull breeding soundness.

Outside of work Ryley enjoys hiking, swimming, horse riding and the gym.

Over the next few weeks Ryley will be riding ‘shot-gun’ with other members of the Farm team to get to know the area and our valued clients. We are sure you will all make her feel very welcome.

 


Have you started zinc at low doses yet?

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following :

  • Hinuera – 1700 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 0 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 0 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 1700 spores/gram
  • Walton – 3300 spores/gram

Some spores have been found this week, but levels are still very low.

Our clients have started getting their zinc bolus orders in. We recommend phoning the clinic prior to coming in so we can have them ready to go for you. When you phone in, please let us know the number of animals, class of stock and their approximate weight range. Thank you.

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team on 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.


Spore Counts for week ending 28.12.2018

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following :

  • Hinuera – 0 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 0 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 5000 spores/gram
  • Tirau – No Count spores/gram
  • Walton – 6667 spores/gram

Some spores found this week but levels are still very low.


Spore count results for week ending 21.12.2018

The MVS Monitor Farms have revealed no spore counts this weeks in the grass samples tested.

  • Hinuera – 0 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 0 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 0 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 0 spores/gram
  • Walton – 0 spores/gram

If current weather conditions continue spore counts could rise quickly, so it is important to have your Facial Eczema Plan ready to go. If this includes adding water to the trough then add it now at low doses.

 

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy and safe New Year.


Holiday Season Opening Hours

The Holiday Season is upon us, below is a list of our opening days over this period :

  • Monday 24 December: Normal Hours
  • Christmas and Boxing Day: CLOSED
  • Thurs 27 December: Normal Hours
  • Friday 28 December: Normal Hours
  • Sat 29 December: Small Animals 10-12pm and Large Animal Retail 10-11am
  • Monday 31 December: Normal Hours
  • New Years Day and New Year Holiday: CLOSED
  • Thurs 3 January: Normal Hours
  • Friday 4 January: Normal Hours

A duty Veterinarian will be available throughout this holiday period on 07 888 8197

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !


Spore counts have been found. Is your Facial Eczema Plan sorted?

In light of the recent weather conditions, we decided to kick off our spore count monitoring earlier this season. The latest samples taken this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have spores counts now at 5000 spores/gram.

While this is low, it indicates the Facial Eczema season is now underway and it is time to act. If current ‘tropical’ weather conditions continue, we predict spore numbers to increase rapidly.

We recommend priming the troughs now if your Facial Eczema Prevention Plan includes adding zinc to the water supply.

Remember to see us first for competitive prices on all your zinc requirements this season.

Phone Abby and Gavin in our Retail Team on 07 888 8197 to pre-order your zinc boluses now.


Worried about high Non-Return Rates?

Every autumn during pregnancy testing we identify empty cows that were thought to be pregnant to A.B.

Now is the time to consider early scanning at 5 to 6 weeks post mating to identify ‘Phantom Cows’ – animals that you believe to be in-calf, but have actually gone silent. There are several theories as to how and why these cows arise. However, crystal ball gazing and pontificating as to the reason, doesn’t help come pregnancy testing time.

Alarm bells should be ringing if your Non-Return Rate is over 65% (or over 50% in cows that have been mated following a Cue-Mate Treatment). Typically we have found 10-15% of cows to be empty when scanned at this stage, but the range can be massive.

Early identification of these cows allows you to consider the option of doing a Synchrony program, which can increase the pregnancy rate from 25% to potentially 60%. Combined with using short-gestation semen, this can give a significant financial return.

Call the clinic now on 07 888 8197 to book Phantom Cow pregnancy tests if your NRR seems ‘too good to be true’.

 


Welcome Marisa

Marisa Olivier joined the MVS Team this week as our new Finance Administrator.

Marisa graduated from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2002 and then worked in diverse finance roles with multiple companies in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Marisa and her husband, PJ, and their three boys have recently moved from South Africa to New Zealand.

As our Finance Administrator Marisa will be responsible for Accounts Payable, bank reconciliations and general administrative tasks.

Outside of work she enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, baking and making crochet rugs.

We welcome Marisa to the team


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New addition to our Retail Team. MVS Welcomes Gavin Ford

We are please to announce that Gavin Ford has now joined the MVS Team as our Stock & Procurement Manager.

 

Gavin graduated from Lincoln University in 1996 and soon after, began work for PGG Wrightson in the retail sector. He also spent time working as a general shepherd in the Taranaki hill country. An interest in Animal Health has led him to taking up a role with MVS to further increase his knowledge in this area.

 

Gavin works with Abby in the retail team to ensure stock levels are kept up to a standard to meet the seasonal requirements of our clients and vets.

 

Outside of work Gavin enjoys most sports including rugby, tennis and golf. He took up triathlons after his rugby days finished, with his most memorable experience coming while participating in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco. He also enjoys woodworking.

 

Welcome to the team Gavin.


MVS Farewells Neil Brown

After 13 years at MVS Neil Brown, aka Brownie, has decided that now is the right time to retire.

Neil started at MVS in August 2005 after many years of being the local Cobbler, and it didn’t take him long to find his feet at Matamata Vets. He quickly became an integral part of the Retail Team and a valued and respected member of the MVS Family.

Neil has achieved many feats during his time with us, including but not limited to:

  • Getting his forklift license with DG endorsement
  • Being promoted to Retail Manager
  • Having his 3 children all get married
  • Having his 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grandchild

Neil is now awaiting the pending arrival of grandchildren #5 & #6, with his daughter due to have her twins in February 2019.

On behalf of the entire MVS Team, we thank Neil for all his years of outstanding customer service. His dry wit, daily routine of a 3pm cuppa and stories at morning tea will certainly be missed. We wish him all the very best for a long and happy retirement.


Farewell Helen

Helen Snook started at MVS in 2011 as our receptionist and senior administrator and for many years was the first friendly voice you would hear when you phoned the clinic.

A couple of years ago she transitioned across to the Financial Administration role and has been a huge asset to the company with her attention to detail and vibrant personality.

We have loved following Helen in her theatrical performances, especially in her most recent role as the lead in Dusty Springfield.

Helen has been a key member of the MVS Family for over 7 years and we wish her all the very best in her relocation to Taranaki.


Our two-person dehorning team is on the go… Have you got your calf dehorning sorted?

This season our experienced calf dehorner, Trevor Chubb, will be accompanied by another team member, meaning this job will be more efficient than ever before.

Minimum age for dehorning is 3 weeks, or 4 weeks if you wish to include their first 7in1 vaccination. You have the option of including Metacam with the dehorning to help the calves bounce back that much quicker.

With no visit fee or mileage, our dehorning prices are competitive.

A stringent ‘clean on-clean off’ policy means you can have peace of mind with biosecurity.

Phone the clinic on 07 888 8197 to book in Trev and the team for your 2018 dehorning.


We didn’t want to keep you in the dark with this hot deal

 

A reminder that the large animal counter is open for purchases on a Saturday between 10.00am and 11.00am


Spring 1st Aid Seminar

Run by MVS Farm Veterinarian Grant Fraser. 
A seminar for new farm workers, or for farmers wanting a ‘refresher’.

By the end of this course it is intended that participants will be able to:

  1. Recognise and take appropriate action with common spring diseases of cows and conditions including calving.
  2. Recognise and take appropriate action with common spring diseases of calves including scours.
  3. Understand responsibilities of animal care.
  4. Correctly administer animal remedies and follow industry and legal requirements.

 

Thursday 12th July 2018
10.00am – 2.30pm
At MVS Equine Hospital, 362 Hinuera Road West, RD 2, Matamata
$160+GST
Morning tea and light lunch provided
Please RSVP by 6th July on 07 888 8197, or email farm@matamatavets.co.nz

 


M. bovis testing update

Commercial testing for M. bovis is now available

In the last few days, a commercial test for M. bovis has been released BUT there are major limitations.

Due to the difficulty of detecting M. bovis in subclinical and carrier animals, a ‘negative’ result can not be interpreted with total confidence. This test could be used for screening animals, but you need to be aware of the limitations. Cost is likely to be between $35 and $60 depending on how many samples you are doing.

If you would like to discuss whether testing is right for you contact your vet at Matamata Veterinary Services on 07 888 8197.


MVS Welcomes Amy Harding

Amy joined the MVS Farm Veterinary Team earlier this month.

She graduated from the University of Queensland in November 2017 and has particular interests in reproductive health and lameness.

Outside of work Amy enjoys sports, anything from netball and Australian Rules Football to polocrosse, outdoor adventures and music.

Amy has been getting out and about on calls with both our veterinarians and technicians and is quickly getting to meet a number of clients. If you haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, no doubt you will some time soon.


Queen’s Birthday Weekend Trading Hours

A duty veterinarian will be available for emergencies on 07 888 8197.

SATURDAY 2 JUNE

  • Large Animal Counter Closed
  • Small Animal Clinic Open from 10.00am-Noon

SUNDAY 3 JUNE – Closed

MONDAY 4 JUNE – Closed

The clinic will be open for business as usual on Tuesday 5 June

We’d also like to wish farmers all the very best on Gypsy Day. We hope the transition between farms for you, your family and your stock goes smoothly.

 

 


Mycoplasma bovis update

We are now fielding many inquiries into this developing situation in New Zealand. People are seeking information on the testing of cattle that are moving from farm to farm.

The facts are:

  • M.bovis testing is NOT simple.
  • Currently the diagnostic labs are struggling to develop an accurate and routinely reliable test. Rest assured work is very much in progress (and has been for some time).
  • All farms that have had animals testing positive are obviously linked to the original source in the lower South Island.

 

Our recommendations are:

  • Limit stock movements and ‘mixing’ of stock from other farms where possible.
  • Minimise purchase of stock from multiple farms e.g source bulls from a single breeder instead of five.
  • Purchase of stock from composite herds will have higher risk than purchasing from closed pedigree herds.
  • Ensure people interacting with your farm and livestock are ‘clean on – clean off’, i.e. these people (and equipment) arrive clean and are clean before departing.

 

Finally, this is an evolving situation. The New Zealand Government is still debating eradication versus control and management. We will update you as the situation progresses.


Be on alert for high Nitrate levels…

We have recently had some very high nitrate levels in new grass samples brought into the clinic. This trend is likely to continue over the next few months.

The risk is the highest on rapidly grown crops and grasses, especially following a period of warm overcast conditions. Sunshine will reduce the level of nitrates in pastures.

You are welcome to bring in your crop and pasture samples to the clinic to get their Nitrate levels checked. Alternatively we can sell you an on-farm Nitrate test kit, so you can do ongoing monitoring yourself. For more information, please phone the clinic on 07 888 8197.


Time for trace elements….

Following very low counts last week and this week, we are going to stop monitoring spore counts on our Monitor Farms.

  • Hinuera – 15,000
  • Matamata – No samples tested this week
  • Piarere – No samples tested this week
  • Te Poi – No samples tested this week
  • Walton – No samples tested this week

We strongly recommend you check the levels on your farm before stopping Facial Eczema protection.

Take care especially if we get unseasonably warm humid weather in the next month or so, as spore counts can rebound quickly in the right conditions.