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Dairy Seminar 2020

Dairy Seminar 2020

In March 2020, just before the reality of the COVID 19 lockdown kicked in, Vet Services (HB) Ltd ran a series of Dairy Seminars in the area. The Waipukurau seminar was hosted in the Springhill School on Wakarara Rd, Onga Onga. The following subjects were presented to a mixed audience of farm owners, managers and staff

Antibiotics on farm; change in rules and farm specific “bug ‘n drug” testing.

Anne Gelling, VSHB Waipukurau clinic, presented this subject. Worldwide there is pressure on the farming community to lower antibiotic drug use in farming systems. New Zealand has the third lowest antibiotic use on farms in the OECD countries, we are doing pretty well already. Most of the drugs in New Zealand are used for clinical mastitis treatment and dry cow therapy in dairy herds. In order to lower our antibiotics use we have to focus on these treatments.

Selective Dry Cow treatment has been with us for a couple of years. Based on individual cell counts over the lactation and incidence of clinical mastitis over the season a decision can be made to use antibiotics at dry off, or a teatseal only or a combination of antibiotic and teatseal.....

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