Preventative herd health care is a priority to meet production goals. Herd health consultations can be scheduled during which a veterinarian can walk through your facilities with you or sit down and make recommendations based on your farm's records or your questions. Ultrasound technology can be used to evaluate the severity of lung damage in calves with pneumonia. This can help you with culling decisions.
Vaccination protocol development
Treatment protocol development
Fresh cow wellness programs
In-house milk culture testing
Disease outbreak investigation and workups
Calf care programs
Building and ventilation analysis
Reproductive Herd Health
Managing reproductive performance is key to a successful herd health plan. Reproductive ultrasound examination is regularly utilized by WVS to obtain the following information for our clients.
Ovarian structure identification
Pregnancy detection starting at 28 days post-breeding
Fetal sexing at 60-100 days gestation
Reproductive abnormality and disease diagnosis
Your veterinarian can help you interpret your dairy's records to set goals for your herd and to benchmark your herd against the industry average. Develop or enhance your reproductive management protocols to ensure the necessary success in getting your cows pregnant.
Male Reproduction Evaluation
Ensuring your bull is at peak condition for breeding season is crucial for a profitable year for your farm. Annual examination is recommended as well as before any breeding stock purchase. This examination can be done either on farm or at the Waukon Sale Barn.
The breeding soundness exam (BSE) includes:
Physical exam for breeding soundness
Testicular palpation and circumference measurement
Waukon Veterinary Service is capable of performing many surgical procedures on-farm. Surgeries performed include:
Displaced abomasum correction
Enucleation (eye removal)
Septic joint flushing
Routine (and not so routine) castrations (high flankers)
Abscess lancing and flushing
Wellness Exams & Treatment
In addition to regular herd health visits to your farm, individual examination and treatment is available whenever the need arises for sick livestock, including emergencies after hours.
To schedule an appointment or to reach a veterinarian after hours,
call (563) 568-2487.
Neonatal Calf Care
We have established a neonatal ICU for IV fluid treatment and additional heat for those chilled calves needing extra special care. During calving season especially, calves born prematurely or in especially poor weather conditions will need additional treatment. Waukon Veterinary Service offers this treatment in-clinic for producers who would prefer to bring these calves in and have the clinic stabilize and monitor them.
Questions about this process? Give WVS a call at (563) 568-2487.