A new “top dog” for VetSouth
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We are excited to announce the appointment of Ian Hunter to the role of General Manager at VetSouth. Hailing from the North of England, Yorkshireman Ian has spent the last couple of decades  managing and leading operational teams and businesses in a variety of industries across NZ. This has included GM roles at Toycomm Auto Recyclers, Canterbury Aluminium Ltd,  B&D Doors NZ Ltd, and Lion Nathan. He was also GM of Operations at Kiwicare Corporation Ltd; headed up Veritide and C ..read more
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Chocolate - the sweet but deadly treat
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1M ago
Chocolate is delicious - to both humans and dogs. Unfortunately, dogs are much slower to metabolise theobromine, one of the chemical components in chocolate, making even a small amount potentially toxic for them. While at the time it might seem funny that Fido the golden lab has had a good nosh on the block of chocolate left on the table, within a few hours, we might not be laughing so much.  ..read more
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Reducing antimicrobial use at a local level
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1M ago
Mark Bryan looks into how VetSouth is performing and what changes farmers are implementing to reduce their antimicrobial usage.Antimicrobial use (AMU) is the term given to describe the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials. You may have noticed a strong movement over recent years to reduce AMU in both humans and animals. This is because antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a huge risk to our continued use of antimicrobials; and the more we use, the greater the risk. Of real concern for us is that a ..read more
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Meet the Farm Distribution team
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1M ago
Simply text us your order and get your VetSouth products delivered direct to your farm.Roaming across Southland and Otago, our Farm Distribution team is out on the road helping all our farmers get the products they need, without having to leave the farm. Simply text us your order before 9am on your delivery day and we will pack it up and drop it off to you. Our busy team services the East, West, North and South, heading to a different location each day to enable us to deliver to all our clients ..read more
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WelFarm: A vet's perspective
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1M ago
Find out more about this popular programme and what real-time impact it can have on-farm.Many of our clients have already signed up to WelFarm, but recently we have been receiving more enquiries about the programme and what real-time impact it can have on-farm. WelFarm is an NZ web-based assurance programme designed to help dairy farmers better understand key animal health markers and how they impact on the optimisation of on-farm production performance. Our rural Large Animal Veterinarians ..read more
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Scanning for success
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2M ago
For our team at VetSouth, scanning time is an exciting and rewarding part of the dairy farming calendar, but also one of the most physically demanding seasons. With the twisting, turning and having to concentrate on many numbers - typically all while the platform is spinning and your team is milking - it’s quite the task. We have physio sessions and bootcamp prior to scanning to ensure our bodies can keep up! As well as physical preparation, we invest in the best technology to ensure our ..read more
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Cow technology and scanning
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2M ago
Cow sensors are running 24/7 and are continuously collecting data from the individual cow’s behaviour. Over mating, the programmes behind these sensors will calculate the perfect timing for insemination, making heat detection simple. Once a cow is inseminated or mated and is not coming back to heat after, the technology assumes this cow has held on to her pregnancy and is now in-calf. This is quite a big assumption to make. In the majority of cases, these cows are probably in calf, but there a ..read more
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Calf drenching: do’s and don’ts
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2M ago
Worming is an essential stage of weaning to control the exposure of calves to several roundworm species, as well as lungworm commonly found on our pastures. Cooperia, which live in the small intestines, and Ostertagia, which live in the abomasum, are the two most common roundworm species affecting our youngstock here in NZ. The larvae live in the lower 2.5cm of grass and top 1cm of the soil, requiring warm, wet conditions to survive. Calf growth rates can be limited by up to 30%, if burdens ..read more
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2022 Faecal Egg Count Reduction Test Results
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2M ago
Our Faecal Egg Count Reduction Test (FECRT) results for 2022 showed that drenches were not working effectively in over a third of cases.  Almost half of the single-acting drench tests showed resistance or suspicious results, compared with 33% in the double-acting group and 11% of the triple-acting/novel drenches. All the more reason to check your flock this season to ensure your drenches are doing the job.  ..read more
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Managing mastitis in your flock
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2M ago
You’re a few weeks into lambing and just starting to get on top of your workload, when ewes start dropping their heads, or limping around the paddocks, and those bright, healthy twins they have are getting hangry. Sound familiar?Post-lambing mastitis in ewes is a common problem that could be costing you dearly.  ..read more
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