Killing a golden goose?
With the conclusion of the Dannevirke trial, the Veterinary Services Council (V.S.C.) completed a valuable series of pilot studies in dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep. The results of these trials all showed outstanding advantages to be gained from the use of intensive advice provided to farmers on a regular basis. Research work into many new systems of herd and flock health management, such as more concentrated anthelmintic treatment, improved conception, and greater subdivision, has been carried out by a number of organisations; but it has been left to V.S.C. to coordinate and sponsor the evaluation of total systems involving all those aspects and more. Veterinarians have been central to the advisory teams which in each instance have other advisory personnel. Scientists and others have been called upon when necessary. The time taken to complete all these studies has been considerable, with Moller carrying out dairy trials in the Waikato during the early seventies, Mossman`s work in beef breeding herds extending through the latter part of the seventies, and the Dannevirke trial from 1979-1983 completing the picture…
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Document Type: Regular Paper
Publication date: 1985-03-01