On site visits are available for the treatment of cows. This includes medical and surgical issues as well as to attend calving. Other services include fertility testing and pregnancy checks. We can offer advice on diseases, vaccination, worming, calving, bull selection and pregnancy. Our mobile service is available year round to assist on site.
Speak to use about a vaccine plan for your herd. There are many different vaccines available but the plan should be based around the animals and the area. There are 3 types of vaccines. Live vaccines are designed to offer long periods of immunity with a single dose. Inactivated vaccines require booster shots to ensure long term immunity. Anti-toxins are designed to give short term immunity but work immediately.
Common vaccines include:
Tick fever is a common disease which can cause fatalities in cattle. There are 3 types of tick fever and vaccines should be given for all of them. Weaners, new stock and non-affected cattle when there is an outbreak should all be vaccinated.
Black disease, enterotoxaemia, tetanus, malignant oedema and blackleg are potentially fatal in unvaccinated cattle. There is a 5-in-1 vaccine which can be used to protect against these diseases. There are also specific vaccines (monovalent) that can be administered or bivalent which protect against more than one of the diseases. Another clostridial disease is botulism which can cause fatalities. This is due to cattle chewing on carrion and bones. Vaccinations are available and annual boosters are needed to ensure continuous protection.
Leptospirosis is found in areas that are wetter, especially if there are feral pigs in the area. This disease causes abortions, weak or stillborn calves and death in young calves. It can also cause mastitis in dairy cows.
While the vaccination for vibriosis can leave lumps on the vaccination site which may persist for some time, it is worth it as the disease can result in abortions and infertility in the herd.
Ephemeral fever is a viral disease which usually occurs in epidemics during summer. It is transmitted by flying insects.
This viral disease can cause diarrhoea, embryonic death, abortion and calf losses.
This vaccine protects against the blight causing bacterium that can affect cattle of any age.
Deworming your cattle can help improve weaning weights. Check with your vet about the best deworming protocol for your cattle. Cattle are quite often infected by Roundworm. The risk period peaks from spring to autumn especially when the weather is wet and warm. This environment offers the best conditions for the survival of the worm larvae in the pasture. This is also when the cattle are most likely to be infected. Roundworm species that infect cattle include Barbers Pole Worm (Haemonchus placei), Small brown stomach worm (Ostertagia ostertagia) and Small intestinal worm (Cooperia spp).
Other care available includes: Pregnancy Diagnosis, herd health, ultrasound and manual palpitation, cattle medicine, surgery, mastitis and milk quality, reproductive management, artificial insemination, breeding soundness and bull selection, nutrition and rations, parasite control and monitoring.