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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.


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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.

 


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.