Review/Oorsig Volume 22, Issue 02 - Page 3

Volume 22 • Issue 02 • 2018 CONTENT Unlocking Solutions to Chronic Inflamation 04 Heifer Plan for Optimal Fertility and Herd Health The Livestock Health and Production Review is published Bi-monthly by Vetlink Copyright reserved. Expressions of opinion, claims and statement of supposed facts do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or publisher. While every effort is made to report accurately, the publisher or the editor does not Practical use of Disease Recording for the Purpose of Heard Health Management Although I was listed as the Editor for the May edition of The Review, this issue is the first that I have been involved in from conception to publication. It has been a steep learning curve and I am not even halfway up the curve yet! My thanks must go to Madaleen Schultheiss and her team at Vetlink for their support and guidance to get this issue out in time for the 2018 RUVASA congress. My hopes and aspirations are that I will be instrumental in maintaining the standards set by my predecessors and hopefully manage to raise the bar. Any comments, suggestions, constructive criticism or articles that you want to contribute would be welcomed. Production and advertising Vetlink Publications We welcome any comments, contributions, topic suggestions and letters for publication. Send them to: The Editor, PO Box 232, GROENKLOOF, 0027 Tel: (012) 346 1590, 0825756479 Fax: 086 671 9907 30 EDITOR’s Note Mark Chimes Publisher and Owner: 28 The 4 Approaches to Disease Prevention Editor Danie Odendaal 26 Seasons in the SCC magazine. Patron 25 The Costly Effects of Low Blood Calcium Levels (hypocaelcemia) in Freshly Calved Dairy Cows or recommendation made in this Heinrich van Rijn 20 Blood Transfusion in Bovines any statement, advertisement, fact Layout and design 15 Wirevax: Vaccination Against Haemonchus Contortus in Sheep accept any liability with regard to Madaleen Schultheiss 11 Prevention is really better than Cure This issue focuses on prevention of diseases rather than diagnosing and treating diseases. Be it worms, mastitis, liver fluke or milk fever, these conditions can be managed by preventing them from getting out of hand in the first place. Veterinary treatment of farm animals is expensive, and it is not getting any cheaper as our knowledge and technology advances. There will always be valuable animals and as a result there will always be a need for veterinary clinicians. But, traditional farm animal practice is under increasing pressure, as the cost of treatment frequently outweighs the commercial value of the animal in question. In addition, the rural practitioner is under increasing pressure from lay-persons selling their snake-oils and “veterinary” services cheaper than veterinarians. These services are bought by farmers because they see the price and not the value. The future of rural practice lies in planned/ preventative herd health. The difficult part is to convince the clients of how much money you have “saved/made” them by preventing losses and increasing production. Vets are good at treating animals but lousy at marketing their professional value. Veterinarians need to make more of an effort to market their value. Show them the money! In order to do this one will need production records of the client (see Dr Danie Odendaal’s article on disease recording in this issue – Ed). If they do not have records, help them to set up a rudimentary recordkeeping system and let them record for a while. You will need to be able to show them how much money your interventions have made for the client. For that you will need records from before your interventions. Focus on the areas where the most losses occur – the low hanging fruit. E.g. if you can increase their calving/weaning percentage from 65% to 80% that translates into an additional 15 calves per 100 head of cattle. At today’s prices that translates into more than R150,000 per annum in meat production. Deduct from that the cost of the improved management/treatment/nutrition that was required and then show the client what your advice cost him, and how much extra you have made him over and above that. Then the client will realise your value rather than look at your price. Enjoy the reading. Warm regards Mark Chimes (EDITOR) 3