Christmas Is Here
Does it feel weird that we’re getting ready for Christmas already? For those looking for some local treats to truly spoil someone this year, there are gorgeous hampers at the Ages of Fishes Museum. Ready made Rosnay and Tall Poppy hampers are for sale or you can create your own deluxe version from the products on sale. They offer an extensive range of delicious local and Australian made produce.
Extra glass of milk a dairy good idea for older Australians
Saving yourself from a serious injury could be as simple as drinking your milk, a new study has found.
According to new research from the University of Melbourne and Austin Health, elderly people who eat three-and-a-half serves of dairy a day have a remarkably lower chance of breaking bones, fracturing hips and even falling down.
A two-year trial of more than 7000 aged care residents showed more milk, cheese and yoghurt was a cheap and simple way of keeping elderly people safe.
Calf Scours In The Region
Both Central West Local Land Services and private vets have received reports of calf scours in the past month. Pathogens that can be involved include viruses like rotavirus and bovine coronavirus, bacteria like E.coli or salmonella, and the protozoan parasite cryptosporidium.
Like all infectious diseases, environmental and animal factors play a role in the development of illness. There are more calf scours in a wet year, probably more commonly in calves born later in spring.
Calves that don’t receive an adequate quantity of good colostrum are more susceptible. Illness and death are mostly due to dehydration, so treatment should be aimed at replacing fluids and electrolytes.
In herds that experience calf scours regularly, there are some management strategies that should be considered. Periodically moving paddocks during the calving period (leaving cows with calves behind and moving cows that haven’t calved into new paddocks) can reduce the exposure of young calves to pathogens that are shed by older calves. In some herds vaccination may be warranted.