At Hometown Veterinary Care, our experienced staff cares for more than just cats and dogs! We also specialize in veterinary services for large animals, too. Several members of the Hometown team are farmers ourselves, so we’re really passionate about offering the highest level of care for livestock animals.
As a full-service care provider for large animals, we offer our animal patients all levels of care including herd health management for large dairy farms and individualized health care for a family with only one pet goat. Large or small, all of our clients are incredibly valuable to our team. We provide veterinary services for “food, fiber, and fun” to animals of all sizes.
An Introduction to Herd Health Management
At Hometown Veterinary Care, we offer a variety of health services to local farmers across central Maine. From the largest dairy operation to the smallest hobby farm, we provide our animal clients with appropriate vaccination protocols, routine pregnancy checks via ultrasound, nutrition consultations, sick animal care/emergency services, and embryo transfers to our dairy clients. In fact, Hometown Vet serves over 40 dairy farms ranging from a dozen cows up to 1,600 cows. We serve both conventional and organic dairies.
At Hometown Vet, we also offer sick cow coverage and after-hours emergency care for conditions such as calving difficulties, metabolic disease (milk fever) and trauma. Talk to our team about setting up regular visits to your farm, based on the size of your herd. These can vary from once weekly to once every or every other month. This allows us to pick up on problems before they get out of control and to maintain us having a finger on the pulse of the farm. It is usually at least a 4 to 1 return on investment in veterinary care.
Learn Some Interesting Large Animal Facts!
Did You Know? The dairy industry plays a large part in Maine’s economy. Here’s how:
- Maine has about 245 farms with approximately 30,000 cows!
- The dairy industry in Maine supports 5,700 jobs, $217,000,000 in direct wages in addition to a $2.87 billion dollar overall economic impact.
- Indirectly, dairy farms help maintain open land that allows for wildlife and recreation to coexist and thrive.
5 Tips to Keeping Your Large Animals Healthy Year-round
- Don’t forget to vaccinate your livestock on time!
- If you’re afraid it’s too much of a hassle to bring your large animals to us, don’t worry! We will come to you instead.
- If you suspect something is “off” with one of your cows, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We offer a long list of specialized care services from assessing milking protocols, mastitis prevalence, and providing mastitis organism culturing.
- First time large animals owners should have a proper understanding of the caloric intake needs of their new animals, as well as what they require to stay properly hydrated. If you aren’t sure, give us a call and we’ll help.
- Have you considered the mud management at your farm? “Mud makes foot and hoof diseases such as foot rot and thrush more likely and it causes animals to be perpetually chilled. The wetness of mud can make parasite survival more likely as well.” (Oregon State University, 2018)
Ensure You’re Properly Protecting Your Large Animals Today
Get your large animals like dairy cows, goats, sheep and pigs vaccinated today to protect them against this season. Contact us to set up an appointment this month at Hometown Veterinary Care. You can call us at (207) 453-7387, swing by our office in Fairfield to book an appointment for a later date or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Sources: Hometown Veterinary Care, Oregon State University