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Monday 6 April

The perinatal period (0-48h) is the most hazardous in the life of all eutherians due to the dystocia-perinatal mortality dyad. If a calf survives the first 5 minutes of its life (Survive to 5) it has a very good chance of surviving long-term. Critical to managing this milestone is rapid triage, appropriate resuscitation, and aftercare, as necessary. This paper presents a review of current best practice in bovine perinatal care internationally.

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Public trust that farmers will produce their food humanely is important. When people find out that their expectations are not being met, they react in various ways. Social media is an easy, no cost, way to react and can result in much bigger implications for farmers than the simple decision not to eat a product. Veterinary practices can help maintain social licence to farm by helping farmers with their health, biosecurity and welfare plans.

Increasing herd size has been associated with a number of potential risks to animal welfare, but also with a number of practices that can mitigate those risks. This presentation will focus on what veterinarians need to keep in mind when advising clients of large herds, to ensure good animal welfare.

Tuesday 7 April

SChampion teams comprise people who utilise a high degree of trust to tackle issues in such a way that leaves every team member committed and accountable towards achieving the collective result – even if as individuals, they don’t agree every time on the direction the team is taking. You’ll leave the workshop understanding how to build a culture of high performance in any team. This does not mean that every team has what it takes to be high performing - but you’ll know what you need to address that.

Individual or personal accountability is like the lubricant in a high performing engine. Without it, even the best laid plans will fall at the feet of team members who can’t or won’t take responsibility for their contribution to the collective result. This leads to frustration in the team and underperformance – often in spite of a perfectly well thought through practice strategy. The most junior team member who says ‘yes’ to everything is as guilty as the procrastinating practice owner when it comes to poor personal accountability. You’ll leave this workshop understanding what personal accountability looks like, what it doesn’t look like (and how to recognise this early) and how to develop it as a part of your team’s culture.

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This presentation will provide a background to the more recent Australian experience of managing mycoplasma infections in dairy cattle. In contrast to New Zealand Australia has not attempted to eradicate the disease. In this presentation the disease management and prevention strategies will be discussed along with reflection on the outcome for infected herds.

SNational eradication schemes often involve culling of animals or even herds. The impact of this on disease transmission and management is often closely monitored and modelled, but the impact on affected farmers, their families and the broader rural communities is rarely considered. This study considered the people aspect of disease eradication.

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