Our large animal veterinarians provide dairy farmers with individualized herd health programs, involving regularly scheduled veterinary visits and management strategies designed to optimize animal health and productivity. Veterinary activities at a herd health visit include pregnancy diagnosis, consulting on vaccination and treatment programs, nutrition, organizing and reviewing the record-keeping system. In addition to our herd health program we also offer embryo transfer, reproductive ultrasound, and emergency services.
1. Reproductive Herd Health:
- Ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis and fetal sexing.
- Vaginoscopy of all fresh cows to diagnose and treat endometritis.
- DairyComp data entry (free of charge) to organize herd health visits. Duplicate veterinary palpation lists and other DairyComp records are mailed to the producer in advance of their herd health appointment.
2. Embryo Transfer Service:
- Certified for embryo export by the CFIA.
- Embryo recovery, freezing, and implantation of both fresh and frozen embryos.
- Superovulation programs, with periodic ultrasound examinations of the donor throughout the process to improve results.
3. Lameness Prevention and Treatment:
- Lame cow trimming service in between hoof trimmer visits.
- Lameness prevention strategies designed after regular review of trimming records.
- Distributor of footbath, gel, and spray products to prevent digital dermatitis.
4. Mastitis Prevention:
- On-farm milking evaluations to improve udder health.
- In-house mastitis culture laboratory to provide mastitis pathogen results in less than 24 hours.
5. Calf Health:
- Calf health assessments, including: growth measurements and benchmarking, milk feeding assessment, BRIX refractometry of colostrum, blood sampling for total protein levels, etc.
- Calf barn evaluation, including: Data logger insertion to monitor temperature/humidity/light changes, smoker assessment for drafts and ventilation issues, barn design assessment.
- Fecal parasite analysis to determine if a de-worming protocol needs to be implemented.
6. Barn Design:
- Assistance provided in the development and design of facility upgrades.
- Building plan reviews, with the goal of optimizing animal health and welfare.
7. Johne’s Risk Assessments:
- Promotion of annual testing for Johne’s disease and the implementation of strategies to reduce transmission on farm.
8. CQM Training:
- Certified trainers for the CQM program.
- Development of documents and strategies which make the program requirements easier to achieve.
9. Producer Education:
- Regular client education meetings.
- Small group on-farm producer meetings to improve herd health.
- Annual meetings with the producer and other farm professionals (nutritionist, hoof trimmer, accountant) to review and implement farm goals.