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Are your calves getting enough colostrum?

Are you having problems with scouring calves, or calf deaths?

By blood sampling six healthy calves aged between 0-7 days old, we can check if the system is working as expected – the MVS COLOSTRUM CHECK

Newborn calves are highly vulnerable, as they are born with zero immunity and completely dependent on receiving it from the first milking (Gold Colostrum).

Colostrum quality must be high and they must receive it quickly – ideally within 12 hours – for immunity to be assured.


The store is reopening under Alert Level 2, but it will be different….

From Thursday 14 May 2020 the MVS Farm Services shop will reopen. However, social distancing and contact tracing requirements under Level 2 mean we need to restrict numbers and ask clients visiting the store to fill out a contact register at the door.

Because of this, we are still actively encouraging people to utilise the system we have had in place under Level 3 & Level 4. We view this as a very sensible measure by minimising the number of people needing to come into a confined and communal space.

MVS drive through collection area protocol:
1. Call the clinic and place your order of required supplies.
2. We will provide you with a bin number.
3. Enter the clinic area between Ag-Worx and MVS and drive past the two roller doors on the right.
4. At the back of the clinic just as you turn right through the carpark, behind the clinic there is a collection area with numbered green bins in which you will find your order.

When collecting larger orders such as Mineral blends, Dry Cow and Teatseal, we will ask you to pull up near the collection area and call the clinic to say you have arrived. Our staff will then bring your order out to your car.

Again, we wish to thank all of our valued clients for their ongoing support and understanding as we continue to work our way through this public health emergency.


Warning – Nitrate Poisoning in local area

Yesterday we had our first diagnosed case of Nitrate poisoning this year. Be aware that symptoms can vary greatly between cows – sudden death, down cows, staggering cows, cows struggling to breath and abortions. Sometimes it can only be 1 or 2 animals and other times it can be a far bigger number.

Risk factors to watch for:

  • Overcast days when grass has been growing rapidly
  • Recent nitrogen application
  • Annual grasses and rapid growing crops (eg. oats)
  • Hungry cows on a fresh break

If you suspect Nitrate Poisoning, it is important not to put animals under any stress. Call the vets ASAP and then calmly remove the cattle from the offending feed onto an established grass paddock and offer lots of hay, straw or baleage. Any down cows should be attended by a vet as soon as possible – there is an effective antidote available.

You can test your grass for nitrates to help guide you as to the risk of toxicity. We have both in-clinic tests and at home kits available at the clinic.

To lower the risk of nitrate toxicity:

  • Test suspect feeds
  • Prevent cows from gorging on lush grass. Feed hay or silage before shifting cattle to new break
  • Feed at-risk pastures later in the day (sunlight reduces nitrate levels in feed)


Four out of Five monitor farms have recorded low spore counts this week and trends continue to show diminishing risk to eczema.

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:
  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 5,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 1,600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 1,600 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  0 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 11,600  spores/gram
While in the past, May can be a month where farmers are caught short with eczema, this appears not to be a risk this year. We will continue to monitor next week to ensure this remains the case.
We are continuing to provide a spore counting service through this Level 3 lock-down period for anyone wanting to measure spore numbers. There are designated drop off bins at the clinic should you bring in any grass for processing.
We ask that if you plan on bringing grass in please call the clinic before you do so for further instructions.

HEIFERS

Finally, with heifers returning  home, remember to provide trace mineral supplements such as Copper Bullets, Selenium & B12.  Also, now is a good time to treat for parasites if the heifers have  not been treated in the past month.  Autumn, especially when the weather is mild, represents the time of the year where parasite levels tend to be at the highest on pasture.


Are your calves ready to leave home? Have your heifers arrived home lighter than you hoped?

Are your calves ready to leave home?

For most farmers we now recommend spring-born calves receive a Copper bolus prior to heading off to grazing.

This ensures optimal calf health, growth and reproductive performance for the next 3 to 6 months. Along with copper we also recommend a Prolaject B12 & Selenium injection, and a proven effective combination pour-on or injectable drench like Eclipse, or Eclipse E.

 

Have your heifers arrived home lighter than you hoped?

Talk to us about options to help ensure these animals can have the best chance to perform as well as possible and get back in calf this coming season.

Often poor nutrition at grazing will have compounded an underlying trace element issue, making the result on heifer performance much worse than it necessarily needed to be. Act now to minimise the effect and get these animals back on par in time.


Five out of Five monitor farms have recorded low spore counts this week

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 5,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 2,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  10,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 5,000  spores/grams

Based on these results it appears we are nearing the end of the Facial Eczema season with all monitor farms having counts of 10,000 or less.

While the general trend is showing a decline in spore numbers we are committed to tracking these numbers for at least one more week before we close the curtain on monitoring.

If you are getting ready to move young stock off for grazing, it is important to remember if you are supplementing young stock with copper that if spore counts on farm are elevated and young stock are supplemented with copper this can result in significant liver damage (as a result of the copper interacting with facial eczema spores). Feel free to give us a call to discuss your options and timing.

We are continuing to provide a spore counting service through this lock-down period. We have designated drop off bins at the clinic should you bring in any grass for processing.
We ask that if you plan on bringing grass in please call the clinic before you do so for further instructions.

 

Did you know we can assist you with zinc bolusing? 

MVS Technicians are taking bookings now. Give us a call on 07 888 8197.


Farm services update (23.4.2020) for COVID-19, Heading into Alert Level 3

As we drop to alert level 3 next week, there will not be much in the way of change to how our Farm Services Team will operate.

The main focus is going to be for us to continue to provide a full range of services and products safely, ensuring we as a community and country have the best chance of eliminating COVID-19.

This means Vets and Veterinary Staff will continue to maintain safe social distancing practices while on farm and they will now also be required to note individuals they encounter on the job, albeit from a distance. This recording is designed to speed up any process of future contact tracing that may be required.

The retail area will remain closed to customers to reduce foot traffic and minimise person to person contact. We will continue to provide the same ‘order by phone and collection behind the clinic system’ currently operating now under Level-4.

We hope these measures we have put in place have minimised any disruption to our clients as we work through this process.

Thanks for your ongoing support and cooperation.


Latest Facial Eczema Results

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 15,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 8,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks –  3,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks – 10,000  spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 10,000  spores/grams

Spore counts on all monitor farms have trended down this last week.

Whilst it has cooled down it is likely that ground temperatures in areas have not been consistently low enough to completely inhibit spore multiplication.

Continue to maintain your Facial Eczema prevention program unless you have assessed your own risk level on farm.

We are continuing to provide a spore counting service through this lockdown period. We have designated drop off bins at the clinic should you bring in any grass for processing.
We ask that if you plan on bringing grass in please call the clinic before you do so for further instructions.


Latest Spore Count Results

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 26,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 6,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks –  6,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  110,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –  10,000 spores/grams

Spore counts continue to surprise, with counts on the Tirau monitor farm reaching 110,000 spores/gram and in Hinuera counts continue to hold above 25,000 spores/gram.

Other monitor farms are continuing to trend at or under 10,000 spores/gram. However we can still be in for a late spike if Met Services forecast for more rain is correct.

The latest spike seen on the Tirau monitor farm reinforces that all farms have variation, therefore we recommend assessing your own farm’s spore counts before making changes to zinc supplementation.

We are continuing to provide a spore counting service through this lockdown period. We have designated drop off bins at the clinic should you bring in any grass for processing.
We ask that if you plan on bringing grass in please call the clinic before you do so for further instructions.


Latest Facial Eczema Spore Counts

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 26,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks  1,600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks –  8,300 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  10,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –  15,000 spores/grams

Four out of five Monitor Farms have recorded lower spore counts this week, with an increase seen in Hinuera.

Based on these results the general ‘trend’ is showing a decline in spore numbers however warm weather will still be 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.


We are still here, but our hours are changing….

We are continuing to streamline and refine our processes while keeping everybody safe.

With this in mind, our Tainui Street Clinic will be available to be contacted for orders and booking in of routine farm calls between the hours of 8am – 3pm during the week.

Routine orders should be placed whenever possible by 1pm, so that our team can get them ready in time for you to collect them before  2.30pm.

Please be assured that any emergency supplies will still be available as our Vets will be able to organise those for you.

A duty veterinarian will always be available on 07 888 8197 and our staff are still working normal hours, however they will not be based at the clinic.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 07 888 8197.

We thank you for your understanding and consideration during these times.


Vets are essential services so this is what it will look like at MVS under Level 4 of COVID-19

VETS are an essential service and we have been told to continue business as usual but with some obvious changes to facilitate social distancing….

Following on from our last communication confirming that we are an essential service, we wish to provide further information to Dairy and Livestock farmers on our operations going forward.

  1. On farm visits are to continue largely as normal but without person to person contact. Please ensure a 2m distance is maintained at all times and that we have easy access to clean water allowing us to be able to wash hands as required.
  2. Milk Quality Consultations and RVM Authorisations are now to be conducted either over the phone or via video conferencing if both parties are set to do this.  These are considered as crucial to ensuring our continued ability to supply milk and animal products of the highest standard to local and international markets, with emphasis in particular on sustainable use of Antimicrobials and Animal Welfare.
  3. We are still supplying a full range of Animal Health Products and essential Small Animal Services again with obvious changes aimed at eliminating person to person contact so clinic/shop doors are closed from 5.00pm today. We ask you to phone the clinic prior to arriving, which will enable us to get you the correct advice and assistance you require. We have been using our ‘drive through’ system mentioned in our previous bulletin and it has has been functioning well since Monday. The following are the steps you need to take to use this system with minimal disruption to you:

MVS drive through collection area protocol:
1. Call the clinic and place your order of required supplies.
2. We will provide you with a bin number.
3. Enter the clinic area between Ag-Worx and MVS and drive past the two roller doors on the right.
4. At the back of the clinic just as you turn right through the carpark, behind the clinic there is a collection area with numbered green bins in which you will find your order.

When collecting larger orders such as Mineral blends, Dry Cow and Teatseal, we will ask you to pull up near the collection area and call the clinic to say you have arrived. Our staff will then bring your order out to your car.

Thank you for your understanding in these extraordinary times.


Latest Spore Count Results

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:
  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 15,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks  15,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks –  13,300 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –   72,200 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –   5,000 spores/grams

As expected we continue to see variation in spore counts across monitor farms. Walton continues to stay low, slight increases seen in Te Poi, Matamata, Hinuera, with the most drastic change seen on Tirau with our highest count so far this year.

If MetService is correct we are in for some rain this weekend, which may increase spore multiplication. Even though the ground is starting to cool down we may still be on for a late spike in spores in the next coming weeks.


Teatseal Training Day cancelled due to M.O.H recommendations…

Due to Ministry of Health recommendations around COVID-19, we are changing the way we conduct our training this year.

Although we are no longer able to offer the Teatseal & Dry Cow Training seminar here at the clinic we still feel it is important to receive training on correct teatsealant and dry cow therapy administration techniques:
Option 1: Online training video
Zoetis has a great training video available on their website. Visit https://www.zoetis.co.nz/dairywellness/preventing-mastitis/best-practice-administration.aspx

Option 2: On-farm staff training 
We have experienced staff that have had extensive training in Teatseal application who are available to provide training on your farm. Please contact the clinic if you are interested.


We are still committed to providing Best Practice Veterinary care…

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, our thoughts and deepest sympathies are extended to all who have been affected by the disease. We are monitoring this situation closely and are committed to helping our staff and clients stay healthy.

In order to mitigate the risk of exposure of staff and clients to COVID-19 we recommend the following measures:

  • All staff and clients entering and leaving the clinics must use hand sanitizer located on the counters.
  • There is a no-hand-shake policy in force between staff, clients and visitors to the premises as well as with each other. Hands must be sanitized between all interactions.
  • If you are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms of illness that include cough, fever and/or shortness of breath, or have traveled to an area of active COVID-19 transmission within the previous two weeks, please refrain from any contact with our staff. In cases where you have stock that need to be seen by one of our Veterinarians and you are ill, please arrange for another individual to be present on farm to assist.

We appreciate your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience.


Latest Spore Count Results

 

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 30,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks –  20,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks –  12,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –   23,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –   9,000 spores/grams

As expected counts on our monitor farms have started trending up in the last week, with counts across three monitor areas reaching up to and over 20,000 spores/gram.

This week grass samples have only been submitted from our monitor farms, and with the recent rain we expect that individual farms are likely to have counts higher than what we are seeing on monitor farms. Whilst monitor farms provide trend data and indicate that counts are increasing, actual on farm risk is unknown until you submit grass samples.

 

Did you know we can assist you with zinc bolusing? 

MVS Technicians are taking bookings now. Give us a call on 07 888 8197.


*Free training seminar – correct techniques, latest research and lunch

Are you confident that techniques on your farm are the best they could be? 
Come along to our Teatseal and Dry Cow Therapy Training Day, covering the why and how to do a better job drying your cows off

  • Thursday 26th March 2020
  • 10.30am-12.30pm
  • MVS Bulk Store Room, 26 Tainui Street, Matamata
  • Lunch provided
  • RSVP by Monday 23rd March 2020 on 07 888 8197 or email katherine@matavet.co.nz

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

Together with Zoetis, we present you a 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.


What are Spore counts doing on your farm?

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks –  0 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks   5,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks –  1,600 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –   16,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –   5,000 spores/grams
With the big dry continuing we have only seen samples coming from our monitor farms this week. Trends from monitor farms continue to stay low but we are still recommending that farmers submit their own samples to assess risk levels before making changes to zinc supplementation.


What are spore counts doing on your farm?

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks  5,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks –  1,600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks –  26,600 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –   No spores seen
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –   23,000 spores/grams

This week we have only received pasture samples from monitor farms.

With a reduced number of samples it is difficult to comment on specific risk for individual farms. Again, we encourage farmers to submit grass samples to determine spore counts on their farm, before making major changes to zinc treatments.


Get ahead for Autumn Calving


Spore count bulletin – Low pasture covers still have spore counts present

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 3,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 3,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  13,300 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –  1,600 spores/grams

Spore counts appear to have lowered slightly based on the results of monitor paddocks this week.

As the dry weather continues, we expect trends to show this more “stable” pattern. The most important thing to realise is that all farms are different with 22 samples tested this week ranging from Zero to 65,000 spores per gram.

Based on this, we recommend checking spore counts on your farm to ensure you know your level of risk.

 

Did you know that we can assist you with zinc bolusing?

MVS Technicians are taking bookings now. Give us a call on 07 888 8197.


Latest Spore Count results

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 43,333 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 23,333 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 23,333 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  53,333 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks –  26,600 spores/grams

Spore counts in our monitor areas continue to rise with some paddocks increasing by as much as 30,000. We are all patiently waiting for the rain and if the forecast is correct, we may be in for a shower or two. If so we expect spore counts to shoot up.

If you want to know more about the various ways in which you can supplement your stock with zinc feel free to pop into the clinic and chat to the team.


Latest Spore count results

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 25,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 33,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 3000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks – 46,600 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 21,600 spores/gram

Counts for this week have come up slightly for some of our monitor farms.  It would be a good idea to start checking your own paddocks and possibly considering full rates of zinc.


Weekly Spore Counts

Spore count testing has started

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

  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 5000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 46,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – no samples available
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks – 30,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 25,000 spores/grams

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend starting to add zinc to your system and consider testing your own paddocks before  increasing zinc to full rates as we have had some moderate counts.

Our highest counts for the week were seen in paddocks that had recently been topped, or were silage paddocks, which highlights an important reminder that with increasing dead matter there is an increase in the number of spores.


Red teats are starting to appear and spore counting is underway

We have had reports of a few cows starting to show mild signs of photosensitivity.

While the Facial Eczema season is just around the corner, we believe the cases we are seeing now are associated with feeding turnips.

Turnips are a Brassica forage crop and provide an excellent source of nutrients to support lactation through summer however turnips have been associated with several animal health issues such as

  • Photosensitivity – Similar to Facial Eczema clinical signs
  • Choke – Where turnips are not properly chewed by the cow and lodge in the cows oesophagus (muscular tube between the mouth and rumen)
  • Acidosis – Rapidly fermented turnips can reduce the rumen pH

 

Generally issues can arise if turnips are introduced too quickly, or fed in excess of 30% of total diet.

If you are concerned or think you may have cows suffering from any of the above symptoms, call us for advice on 07 888 8197.

 

Spore counting is underway for 2020

Monitor farms have started bringing in samples and our first set of results will be sent out tomorrow. When counts on monitor farms hit 20,000 spores/gram, it’s time to check your own farm. Once counts on your farm approach 30,000 spores/gram, cows should be on full rates of zinc.

By checking counts on your farm, you can tailor zinc dosing according to your level of risk, potentially saving you money. To promote and encourage farmers to monitor their farmers we are offering spore counting for $65 per four paddock samples submitted on one day saving $21.
There are many options for dosing stock with zinc. We have a variety of products in stock. If you want to know what will work best for your farm feel free to come into the clinic and discuss this with our team.


Things are warming up. Are your stock ready for the heat?

December can bring heat stress….

Cows suffering heat stress eat less, produce less, struggle to conceive and are at greater risk of succumbing to infectious diseases such as Mastitis.
This is one of the reasons why farmers notice a ‘spike’ in Mastitis cases in hotter months.

There is growing scientific evidence that supports the protective role of organic Zinc supplements* in susceptible cows.
(*Note: not the same product as Zinc Sulphate or Zinc Oxide used to protect cows for Facial Eczema).

While the exact details of this protective role and the mechanisms behind it are complex, there appears to be two key areas where organic zinc has beneficial effects:

1. Physical protection – Zinc is a key component of epithelial cells, the cells making up the internal lining of the intestines, lungs, reproductive tract and udder

2. Immune function – Zinc is utilised by the immune system at the cellular level, important once bacteria ‘breach’ the epithelial lining

ProPath LQ Zn180 is a convenient, cost effective product containing high levels of organic zinc and is in-store now.

We recommend supplementing cows with additional organic zinc over and above your daily minerals during the heat stress period. If you would like advice on your individual farm system please phone the clinic and speak with one of our veterinarians on 07 888 8197.


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