Our team of large animal veterinarians provide routine and emergency services to farms in the North Taranaki area from Midhurst to Mokau, covering the Inglewood, Waitara and New Plymouth districts. Whilst dairy farming plays a major part of our daily work schedules we also provide veterinary services to sheep and beef farms, calf rearers, lifestyle blocks and deer, goat and alpaca farmers.
Modern dairy farming requires services who can provide up to date knowledge and technologies. Tasks need to be done efficiently, safely, economically and sustainably. Our team has a vast range of experience of Taranaki conditions and local knowledge. We are dedicated to providing the best animal health solutions for our client’s needs. We are also dedicated to maintaining a balance of experienced staff and newer graduates who will make sure our practice is sustainable in the future. We also employ a small team of large animal technicians who are trained to carry out activities such as vaccinating, bolus application, disbudding, teatsealing and the like.
We are a contract practice so members of either the North Taranaki Vet Services or Inglewood Vet Group receive a discounted member’s visit fee.
Some of the Farm Animal Services that we provide are:
- Consultation by appointment.We have farm visits by appointment as well as 24 hr/7 day per week emergency service. Our service area is broken up in to “vet areas” where two specific vets routinely attend all farm calls in that area. We believe the benefit of this is that farmers build good working relationships with their vets and that more than one vet is familiar with each farm.
- Lameness treatment and prevention.The legacy of knowledge left by retired EVT veterinarian Neil Chesterton has instilled an ongoing interest in lameness in dairy cows. Vet Peter Benn has taken up the torch and is involved in herd lameness consultations locally. Through Neils continued passion for lameness education EVT hosts regular lameness workshops for both Vets and Farmers. The benefit to our farmers is that they are often at the forefront in trying new treatments and investigation methods.
- Mastitis treatment and control.Mastitis is one of the most costly diseases to our dairy farmers. When mastitis starts costing you money you need quick effective action to get the problem under control. We offer a “Grade Busting” service at EVT. If you have milk down-graded at the factory because of mastitis our vet team will treat this as an emergency. We will come out at the next available milking and find the offending cows, remove them from the supply herd, set up an action plan to treat or manage these cows and set about investigating the root cause of the problem. We have specially trained vets with a particular interest in mastitis diagnosis and control who can help you manage this costly problem and keep you on track through the ongoing action plans.
- Antibiotic resistance monitoring.As part of our professional commitment to good stewardship of animal remedies we are passionate about monitoring your farms ongoing antibiotic sensitivities. We encourage culture of individual mastitis cases using our own incubator and annual bulk milk testing using an Antibiogram test to see if the remedies you are using are the most effective ones for your farms situation.
- BVD. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea virus is an insidious viral infection that costs the dairy and beef industries millions of dollars annually through animal deaths, abortions, deformed calves and high empty rates or poor calving patterns. Regular monitoring of herd status for the presence of virus is the only way to know if BVD is causing an issue in your herd. See our information sheet for more details about this disease.
- Reproduction services.At EVT we understand how hard our farmers work at getting the cows in calf each spring. We also understand how to achieve results. There is no quick fix and work often needs to be done on many fronts to achieve consistently good results. Low empty rates and high 6-week in-calf rates are only part of the picture. To achieve industry targets requires attention to all 8 parts of the “In-calf” project picture. We can evaluate your reproductive performance and target areas where you may find you get the best gains for your efforts. Talk to us about what you want to achieve in your herd and we will work with you to put in place a plan to achieve those goals.
- BVD.Bovine Viral Diarrhoea virus is an insidious viral infection that costs the dairy and beef industries millions of dollars annually through animal deaths, abortions, deformed calves and high empty rates or poor calving patterns. Regular monitoring of herd status for the presence of virus is the only way to know if BVD is causing an issue in your herd. See our information sheet for more details about this disease.
- Facial Eczema.This horrible disease can strike when environmental conditions are such that the fungal spores of Pithomyces chartarum multiply in pastures in large numbers. The toxin these spores contain, sporodesmin, can cause significant toxic damage to the liver and result in severe disease or death in grazing ruminants. At EVT we monitor several pasture sites throughout our district over the warmer months to predict when spore numbers are rising so that preventative measures can be best employed. See our latest spore count information on our Blog.
- Calf Disbudding.Pain free removal of horn buds is the best option for your replacement calves. Our method involves sedation and local anaesthetic followed by painless burning of the rudimentary horn bud. We try to disbud calves at between 2 and 5 weeks of age for best results. The calves don’t get stressed and the calf will continue growing without a check. The whole procedure is carried out by our team who provide all the labour and equipment needed.
- Teatsealing Heifers.For a number of years our team of farm vets and technicians have developed and implemented a robust systematic method of infusing a preventative sealant in to in-calf heifers to greatly reduce the incidence of mastitis at their first calving. This work is hazardous and precise and our team prides itself on achieving great results.