Wesley Cullen, Organic Farmer, Maungaturoto, NZ.“Using CHECK-UP
has increased our understanding of mastitis causes and gives us a fast low cost
diagnosis of what the pathogen is, if it is contagious and will it respond to
treatment. PS: please send another box “
Anthony Collier, Kainui Station, Central Hawkes Bay, NZ. “CHECK-UP has helped us so much with treating and culling etc. our
cure rate so far has been outstanding because of being able to treat with the
correct drugs, I don’t know how I’ve managed to get through in previous years!”
Westlake, Mayflower Farms, Northland, NZ.
“SCC is down to 102 achieved by using
CHECK-UP before treating cows and culling out cows with a low chance of
David Heaslip, Cavan, Ireland “I've been having lots of fun with the check-up since you have been
here. I have cut the use of dry cow tubes by around 50% since I've started
using it and I've had no problems with them calving in. I also haven't
purchased a mastitis tube since then either. I have to say it's working a treat.
My vet has also purchased it last week. He is really interested. I hope that check
up is doing really well for you. We hope to see you back in Ireland soon. David”
Plantation Dairies, Central Hawkes Bay, NZ.
“Plantation Road Dairies is Fonterra's largest
single supply milking 2000 cows through one cow shed, we are an irrigated,
intensive, modern dairy farm and are located in Central Hawke's Bay. Large herd
farming brings new challenges to the table regularly and Farm Medix has
assisted us (with CHECK-UP) in what we believe will become a game changer to
the Dairy Industry.
Our Cowshed is full computerised giving us
individual Litres, Fat test, Protein test, Lactose test, Somatic cell count (SCC)
and cow weight each milking. It gives us the ability to look back at a cows
history over a long period of time and according to SCC choose which cows to
plate test. With results available within 24 hours on farm we believe this is a
very valuable when it comes to drug selection and culling decisions.
The Benefits as we see them are;
1) Quick identification of bugs you are dealing
2) Ability to make quick decisions on culling
cows with bugs that are stubborn to treat
minimising spread of infections.
3) Quick plate test results and a easy to follow
book to assist with decisions. Farm Medix are always available as easy as a
photo on your cell phone if you are unsure.
4) It allows us to make the correct drug
selection first time.”
Mark Foster, Storm View Holsteins, Waikato, NZ “CHECK-UP
has been a very beneficial tool to add to our business, no longer do we find
ourselves with cows that don’t cure on the first treatment, because we are able
to target the bugs we have identified with the right weapon the first time.
Saves us money both at the vet, and in the vat. And added plus is, it is cool
playing scientist and identifying the bugs....that bit gets addictive!”
Phillips, Waka Dairies, Dannevirke, NZ
“A really useful tool to base
clear decisions on. This has helped us identify and cull Staph cows- we should
have had it years ago. Cell count (SCC) has now improved to below 100,00.”
Dr. David Hawkins,
(DVS), Franklin Vet Services, NZ:
“With an interest in
mastitis management and adding value to our farm veterinary services, starting
an in-clinic microbiology lab had been on my agenda for a number of
years. However I was conscious of the variety of materials needed, the
interpretive skill set required to do the job properly and the requirement to
share lab responsibilities across a number of people. While in the early
stages of setting up a conventional microbiology lab I came across Natasha and
Farm Medix CHECK-UP. I ordered some kits in and we have just kept using
them since. Natasha and the Farm Medix team have provided fantastic after
sales support helping us work through teething problems and gain diagnostic
competence in a very short space of time. Without the need for an
extensive inventory of media and secondary tests our lab stays tidy and wastage
is minimal. Our milk quality services have enjoyed a lift in profile and the
reliable and rapid turnaround is appreciated by local clients. Farm Medix
has made the process of setting up a micro-lab a thoroughly enjoyable one.”