Rob Bonanno

Veterinary columnist Rob Bonanno wrote this month’s article from the beautiful Hunter Valley in NSW. I have just spent a couple of days touring the manufacturing facilities of Jurox, one of the only manufacturers of animal drugs left in Australia.

Paul McDowall and vet Gemma Chuck

In July 2012 the McDowall family farm at Childer’s Cove in south-west Victoria had a calf mortality rate approaching 30% and nearly every surviving calf was being treated for illness. Calf rearing had been a problem on the farm for generations, but it was getting worse and with a need…

Rob Bonanno

In my part of the world, the Autumn calving cows are either already in the dry paddock, or just about to go out, writes Shepparton-based vet Rob Bonanno. I had a farmer ask me the other day about at what level of losses should you be worried about cows aborting?…

Dealing with the hottest year on record

If you think it has been hot out on the farm...you’re right!   Bureau of Meteorology figures show 2013 was the hottest year on record. The average temperatures were 1.20C above the long-term average of 21.8C, breaking the previous record set in 2005 by 0.17C.   All states and territories…

If you think it has been hot out on the farm...you’re right!   Bureau of Meteorology figures show 2013 was the hottest year on record. The average temperatures were 1.20C above the long-term average of 21.8C, breaking the previous record set in 2005 by 0.17C.   All states and territories…

Wow, I am stunned that I am sitting here writing my Christmas 2013 article for Dairy News, another year has flown by.  The year has for most dairy farmers been a better year than 2012, world demand for our product is strong, the dollar is a little lower and we…


Animal Health with Rob Bonanno Wow, I am stunned that I am sitting here writing my Christmas 2013 article for Dairy News, another year has flown by.  I am pleased to report that 2013 has for most dairy farmers been a better year than 2012, world demand for our product…


Spring time is always a busy time on a dairy farm. In northern Victoria at the moment, we are starting to irrigate, cutting and making silage, still calving in the last of the spring calvers and thinking seriously about the upcoming joining by starting presynchrony programs, not to mention planning…


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