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Are your dogs due for their vaccinations?

If you took advantage of our Annual Farm Dog Vaccination run last year then your pets will be due boosters this November.  If you missed out on signing up last year, then this is your chance!

A veterinarian will be coming around to your farms to vaccinate your dogs.  Save yourself the trip into town and sign up to our vaccination run before the 28th October 2019.
Dates and times of vaccination will be confirmed once numbers are in.
There will be no mileage charge and our vets are happy to flea and worm your dogs on the day.

Simply fill in the Vaccination Registration Form or pop into the clinic and grab a form from the front counter!


Do you have cows tipping over? Metabolic disease this year seems worse than previous seasons…

While there are many contributing factors that result in Metabolic Disease, we are seeing issues in herds where the dietary analysis looks ‘spot on’. 

In these herds it appears the composition of pasture is having a major effect. Crude protein levels in the grass are unseasonably high.

High Crude Protein levels tend to drive udder swelling and excessive production in very early lactation prior to the cows adapting to milk production.

It is suggested that any cow that produces more than 10 litres of colostrum in her first milking is a ‘problem cow’ from the perspective that they are at much greater risk of developing Metabolic Disease.

If you are one of the farmers noticing more wobbly cows, there is some good news as improvements can be made in most cases by changing a few management strategies around:

  • Pasture allowance to the springers
  • Area allowance for the springers
  • Calcium treatments of fresh calved cows and springers
  • Collection of newborn calves
  • Milking frequency of colostrum cows

Call us here at MVS on 07 888 8197 if you would like to discuss this further.


Want to get your calves off to the best start? One product can make a big difference

When it comes to rearing beautiful thriving calves, Raewyn Weenink certainly knows what she is doing! Recently Abby Payze – MVS Retail Manager caught up with Raewyn to discuss her recent experience of a product that is gaining attention in the market – MULTIMIN® Injection.

“I had four Autumn calves diagnosed with viral pneumonia. After a course of antibiotics, they had recovered but it had shaken them up and they were looking very poorly. After contacting MVS it was suggested to me to try Multimin Injection®.

Within a week of giving them a shot they were looking like nothing had ever been the matter with them. They were shiny in the coat and looking great. After seeing this response, I then treated my Spring-born calves and noticed the same thing within a week. Their coats were glossy and black, and they were thriving. I’m really happy with the results in both groups treated.

I would definitely use this again. It’s just like having another tool in your toolbox”.
Raewyn Weenink

 

Rearing great calves is no easy job and even the best farmers can be frustrated with animal health ‘niggles’ in their young ones.

Our Veterinarians have also reviewed the research specific to the NZ dairy industry and are very happy with the data presented that demonstrates MULTIMIN® injection halves mortality rates in calves from 3 days post treatment.


Treat dirty cows early to maximise your pregnancy rates. Metrichecking cows prior to mating is a well-established practice across the country, but in the last 3 years we have seen a change in the timing of Metrichecking and with it, a lift in its effectiveness.

By more effectively treating dirty (endometritis) cows sooner, we give those cows more time to recover prior to the start of mating and proactively reduce non-cycler numbers in the herd.

Key points are:

  • Treating a ‘dirty’ cow improves the 6-week In-Calf Rate (ICR) of the dirty cows by 10-15%
  • Only a third of dirty cows were found in ‘at-risk cows’
  • Treating cows 8 days to 4 weeks post calving ensures cows have the best possible chance of being detected if dirty. It also gives us the opportunity to get these cows cycling again as soon as possible
  • Very few dirty cows truly self cure with time. They just get harder to detect

There are 3 approaches to metrichecking that we have found to be effective:

1. Gold Standard – Fortnightly metrichecking of cows calved at least 8 days (requires regular drafting of animals to do efficiently. Great if you have a Pro-track or similar system). Ensures cows receive treatment as early as possible.

2. Silver standard – Identify the cows calving in the first 2-3 weeks of calving, then metrichecking these animals 8 to 10 days later. Typically this will mean the approximately half the herd will have been checked. A follow up metricheck of the later calvers 3 weeks prior to the start of mating should see 90% of cows checked very close to ideal timing. When combined with tail painting of the later calvers, this system can enable the two metrichecking jobs to be done with minimal drafting required.

3. Whole herd metricheck – If you can only fit in one metricheck then the traditional recommendation of approximately 3 weeks before PSM means that most of your cows will be calved and the cows treated should have had a chance to cure before you are too far into mating. This method can mean that a lot of dirty cows are not detected as the infection has been ‘walled-off’ before the metrichecking, or that the cow does not have sufficient time to recover prior to PSM.

Our experience with doing the gold and silver standards above is that we find more cases of metritis, which is great as it means we can make an effective intervention on more cows and give those cows a far better chance of cycling prior to PSM. Therefore less non-cyclers, better conception rates and ultimately less empty cows.

Call us to arrange a Free Repro Ready Consult at the clinic and we can come up with a plan that suits you and your farm.


A seminar for new farm workers, or for farmers wanting a refresher….

Run by MVS Farm Veterinarian Grant Fraser, 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 condition, including calvings.
  2. Recognise and take appropriate action with common spring diseases of calves including scours.
  3. Understand responsibilities of animals care.
  4. Correctly administer animal remedies and follow industry and legal requirements.

 

MVS Spring 1st Aid Seminar

  • Thursday 11th July 2019
  • 10.00am – 2.30pm
  • At MVS Equine Hospital, 362 Hinuera Road West, RD 2, Matamata
  • $180 + GST
  • Morning tea and light lunch provided
  • RSVP by 8th July 2019 on 07 888 8197 or email farm@matamatavets.co.nz

 

 

 

 


Queens Birthday Weekend Opening Hours

The clinic will be open the following:

Small Animals  Saturday 1st June 10am—12pm.

Dairy Retail will be closed.

Monday 3rd June the clinic will be closed.

There will be a vet on call for Emergencies on 888 8197

Have a safe and happy long weekend!


Following another week of cold overnight temperatures…..

…we have seen the spore counts on most of our monitor farms fall below the critical thresh-hold. We will continue to monitor spores as they are brought to us but this will be our last regular spore count bulletin.  If we get any results of concern we will send out an urgent bulletin.

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 6,700 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – unable to provide 
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 35,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm –  unable to provide
  • Walton Monitor Farm – unable to provide 
This week we only had one high spore count in Te Poi on a paddock that had previously been very high.  We will monitor these next week to ensure it continues this trend downwards.

 


Warning: Nitrate poisoning in local area

We have seen cases of nitrate poisoning this week and several grass samples are showing high levels of nitrates. Be careful about how you manage your pasture!

Risk factors to watch for:

  • Overcast days after days of rapid grass growth (warm, sunny days)
  • Hungry animals onto fresh breaks
  • Annual grass in early spring/autumn
  • Feeding immature crops
  • Applying urea in the last 7 days

Cows with nitrate toxicity may be slow and staggering, have trouble breathing, down or go down suddenly after running. Mucous membranes (vulva, mouth) may be a purple-brown colour. It is important not to put animals under any stress following nitrate poisoning. Slowly remove cattle from the offending pasture onto grass that has been safely grazed. Any down cows should be attended by a vet as soon as possible; there is a very effective antidote available.

If you are suspicious of any paddocks, bring in a sample for testing at the clinic or we sell nitrate test kits for home use.


Has your drench been PROVEN to give you the best ‘bang for your buck’?

Superior drenches aren’t always the most expensive

Eprinex has been proven to:

  • Get you an extra 7.5 Kg MS per cow the lactation following treatment
  • Reduced calving to conception interval by 12.9 days in heifers
  • Increased first service conception rates in first calvers (38% to 58%)
  • Reduced empty rate in first calvers

Eprinex offers all of these proven benefits, while being competitively priced with non-proven products on the market.


Latest Facial Eczema Spore Count results

Four out of five Monitor Farms have recorded lower spore counts this week
While based on these results it appears we are nearing the end of eczema season, our Te Poi monitor farm has recorded a significant increase in the number of toxic spores this week.

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 6,666 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 105,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 3,3333 spores/grams
While the general ‘trend’ is showing declines in spore numbers, the unseasonable warm weather is still favoring proliferation in spore numbers on some local farms.
Remain vigilant and continue with prophylactic zinc for now unless you have spore count information specific to your farm that indicates low spore numbers.


Spore counts continue to surprise!

While most farms and paddocks have decreased this week, counts at our Te Poi monitor farm have increased.

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 26,700 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – 16,700 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 45,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm – 11,700 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 20,000 spores/gram

Spore counts are still at moderate levels this week, so don’t feel safe from FE until you know what the counts are doing on your farm.


Overall, maximum spore counts are lower this week BUT…

…many paddocks on our monitor farms have increased.  It goes to show that counts can be incredibly variable!

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 50,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – 38,300 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 30,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm – 67,700 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 63,300 spores/gram

Remember, spore counts are still in the danger zone so don’t be complacent and make sure you know what’s happening on your farm before stopping zinc inputs.

Don’t forget to see us first for your 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.

 


Getting cooler but beware!

Spore counts remain high this week.  With cooler nights, counts may trend down but don’t think you are safe!

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm –   61,700 spores/grams
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – 8,333 spores/grams
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 48,300 spores/grams
  • Tirau Monitor Farm – 128,333 spores/grams
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 6,666 spores/grams

Before you stop using Zinc on your farm make sure you know what spore numbers are doing.  They need to be reliably below 10,000 spores/gram.

Remember to see us first for your 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.

 


Significant counts across all monitor farms still

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 61,600 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – 23,300 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 38,300 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm – 145,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 70,000 spores/gram

Continue with your current Facial Eczema prevention plan.

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


Facial Eczema season continues with high counts on the majority of our Monitor Farms.

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 106,700 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – 56,700 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 46,700 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm – 83,300 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 10,000 spores/gram
Again, as expected we are seeing big variations in spore counts. The Walton Monitor Farm remains low again this week, whilst others stay high or have increased. In addition we are now seeing clinical Facial Eczema cases out on farms which are treating with zinc. If you have any concerns about your treatment programs, blood sampling 10-15 animals to verify serum zinc levels can set your mind at rest.
We recommend you continue to implement your Facial Eczema prevention plans, unless you know your spore counts are consistently low.

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


Latest Spore count results

Grass samples collected this week from our Monitor Farms have shown the following:

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 75,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – Unable to report this week
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 48,300 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm – 183,300 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 10,000 spores/gram

It is definitely the thick of the Facial Eczema season now.  The Spore counts are varying greatly as we expect with the Walton Monitor Farm dropping back below significant levels this week while the others have remained high or increased.

We recommend you continue to implement your Facial Eczema prevention plans.

Apologies for our Matamata monitor farm for not having results this week, they should be back on track next week.

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.


Significant spore counts on some monitor farms this week

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Farm – 53,300 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Farm – 73,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Farm – 3300  spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Farm-  288,300 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Farm – 5000 spores/gram

There has been some significant movement in spore count levels this week.  This is a classic example of why it is important to know what is happening on your farm.

In what has so far been a mild season for Facial Eczema, we have still got one monitor farm that has yet to have significant spore counts.

If you don’t know what the situation is on your farm you need to be supplementing with zinc NOW!

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.


Latest Spore Count Results

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:
  • Hinuera –  10,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 23,300  spores/gram
  • Te Poi –  8300  spores/gram
  • Tirau –  23,300  spores/gram
  • Walton – 30,000   spores/gram
Continued high spore counts on three of our monitor farms. Maintain full Facial Eczema control programs unless you know your spore counts are consistently low.

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.


Latest Spore Count Results

Spore counts hold similar levels to last week as the dry spell continues.

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

  • Hinuera –   1600  spores/gram
  • Matamata –  16,000   spores/gram
  • Te poi – 15,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Walton – 23,000 spores/gram

Most farmers are now sending culls and feeding increased amounts of silage and meal to milkers. Because of this higher than usual reliance on supplements eczema risk is still relatively low for this time of the year.

Everybody is now waiting with ‘baited breath’ for any significant rain. Once this much anticipated rain does arrive, we expect spore counts to increase rapidly.

Reminder: MVS provides a herd dry-off service. Given current climatic conditions we expect an increased demand from farmers requiring our services to assist dry-off. Please phone the clinic ASAP once you have a date so we can co-ordinate scheduling to meet everyone’s requirements.

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.


Free* Seminar For Farmers

The Future of Dry Cow Therapy: Planning For Change

This seminar includes Teatseal and Dry Cow administration techniques

  • Friday 22 March 2019
  • 10.30am-12.30pm
  • 26 Tainui Street, Matamata
  • Lunch provided
  • RSVP by Tuesday 19th March on 07 888 8197 or email katherine@matavet.co.nz

*Seminar is free for MVS Farm Clients and their staff. $85.00 to non-clients

Make sure you are prepared for a future of more limited and justified use of antibiotics on farm.

Together with Zoetis, we present to you a staff seminar discussing the latest research and practical implications of improving dry cow therapy responses, while minimising antibiotic usage. We will also cover correct teatsealant and dry cow therapy administration techniques.


Latest Spore counts

Spore counts have risen

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

  • Hinuera –  8300  spores/gram
  • Matamata –  31,600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi –  6600  spores/gram
  • Tirau – 26,600   spores/gram
  • Walton – 18,300 spores/gram

Spore counts have now reached significant levels on most of our monitor farms. We recommend that you have either started spore count monitoring on your farm, or have started Zinc dosing at full rates.

 

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.


Latest Spore Count results

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

  • Hinuera – 7000 spores/gram
  • Matamata – 6600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi – 6600 spores/gram
  • Tirau – 13300 spores/gram
  • Walton – 1700 spores/gram

Still no rain and spore counts remain stable from last week.  However, counts may escalate rapidly if the Metservice forecast of rain over the next 48 hours eventuates.

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.


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.

 


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.