Richard Stalker
Canterbury
"Access to infovet meant I could identify the cause of the problem quickly and keep a running view on how effective the preventive regime was"

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Case Studies

Case Studies

Annabel Harris

North Canterbury Veterinary Clinics

"From early on I could see the benefits of accessing a lot more information via computer, rather than chasing down bits of paper at critical times of the year. Invariably some of the data would be missing and you would end up making decisions with only part of the picture in front of you."

With an average herd size of 750 cows across their client base, access to whole herd data is increasingly important to North Canterbury Veterinary Clinic’s staff and their farmer clients.

Practicing vet Annabel Harris is one of a new generation of tech savvy vets who has gone out of her way to understand and introduce Infovet to her large dairy herd clients.

She is particularly impressed with the programme’s pregnancy testing module which allows scanning data to be uploaded to MindaPro.

In mid-December early scanning coupled with mating data quickly revealed the effectiveness of a noncycling cow treatment programme for one client.

"We knew early on that we had achieved a 47% conception rate in treated non-cycler cows. This reassured the farmer that non-cycler intervention was effective on his farm."

The majority of her clients are on MindaPro. With the web based Infovet platform, Annabel is able to access this data which is coupled with information from other sources including veterinary history and Fonterra milk collection data. This dramatically increases her ability to tune into what's really going on in her client's herds.

The ability to export data to Excel and carry out advanced manipulation expands the programme's flexibility and allows for tailored analysis of herd scenarios. Mastitis management and drying off decisions are areas involving multiple data sets that include bulk cell counts, individual cow data and veterinary history of mastitis treatment through the year.

Alerts are loaded into her programme that signal when she has clients with bulk SCC's climbing over 200,000 (orange alert) or 300,000 (red) over a five day rolling average. This allows immediate communication with the farmer and the implementation of appropriate actions.

Annabel's experience in identifying, treating and tracking a herd with chronic mastitis problems is the subject of a presentation she is giving at this year's International Dairy Federation Conference. Using Infovet she was able to identify a high incidence of mastitis in a herd's heifers. Implementation of a preventative program saw the incidence drop by 95%. On-going monitoring with Infovet will help reveal any further issues around lactation mastitis to be dealt with in the future.

"Infovet gives me the ability to track the effectiveness of a treatment within and between farms and is helping us develop our consulting ability and identify problems before they become major," says Annabel.