One word for Mycoplasma Bovis... Halter
Mycoplasma Bovis… It’s not exactly a name that rolls off the tongue, however that’s not stopped it becoming part of most people’s vernacular over the last year. The Minister of Primary Industries reported just this week that over 200 properties were under investigation for M Bovis, with 38 properties currently infected. With stock movements known to be one of the primary ways M Bovis is spread perhaps if we could control our herds movements, effectively monitor where our cows had been and reduce the need for bulls during mating season we would be far better equipped to knock these nasty diseases on the head. Wait... did someone just describe Halter?
We’ve spent a fair bit of time thinking about it and believe that with Halter on your farm you’ll be far better equipped and protected in situations such as the one we are facing today...
First things first, cows love a little nose-to-nose contact over the fence, but with M Bovis lurking about these cheeky pastimes aren’t ideal for reducing the spread of disease from neighbouring farms. With Halter you’ll be able to bring your virtual fenceline tighter when a neighbouring farm is grazing their cows in an adjacent paddock. This reduces the potential for any cow-to-cow contact between farms, eliminating chances of intra-farm disease spread. Once your neighbour is finished grazing their paddock your boundaries can return to normal at the press of a button to make use of all available pasture.
‘No bull’ breeding is another effective way of reducing any possibility of your livestock being infected with M Bovis. LIC chief executive Wayne Mcnee notes that although the transmission of M Bovis from semen is very low, many dairy farmers aren’t prepared to take any risk as far M Bovis is concerned. Using artificial insemination for the whole herd is therefore the popular choice this year so the ability to accurately detect when your cow is on heat is critical. Now we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we’re committed to making your lives easier as Farmers so in true Halter fashion we’ll alert you when your cow is on heat to save you any stress and uncertainty. With Halter on your farm heat detection will be a breeze and not a single window will be missed, significantly increasing the success of artificial insemination and decreasing the need for bringing an outside bull onto the farm.
As mentioned earlier, stock movements present the highest risk for spreading M. Bovis. Although many precautions can be taken to lower this risk the fact of the matter is that buying calves will always present some threat as far as disease is concerned. When buying in calves it’s advised you keep purchased calves in isolation for 7 days while monitoring. Another job made simple with Halter, set up virtual paddocks to keep these calves in isolation and once their in the clear simply draft them them back into your main mobs and continue business as usual.
So there you have it; a future where the spread of rural disease is rare, and much more easily contained in the event of an outbreak. We can’t wait to bring Halter to farmers and we’re working every day with many of you, to bring the future closer to the present.