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May 2019 Newsletter






You and your family are invited to our annual Client Appreciation Party at the clinic on Friday June 21 from 3-7 pm.  Sorry about the typo in the last newsletter that said Friday June 1.  Come and meet our new veterinarian, Andrea McGowan!

 We will have free food and beverages and fun and door prizes and lots of things for kids to do.  We are planning on having food in the garage and activities in a tent on the south lawn, so everything will be easy to find. 

Of course, you are welcome to tour the clinic and see our most recent improvements and landscaping.  Kids will be able to bring their stuffed pets and practice bandaging them.  We may even have some special visitors from the Humane Society.  You can also tour the dog park north of the clinic.

.Everyone is welcome!  Please bring the family, have some food and join in the fun and meet our new staff.




            See you at the Grant County Dairy Breakfast!  This year the event will be held at Keiler Farms 5404 Stanton Road Platteville.  Parking will be available at the farm—just follow the signs.  The Keiler dairy is a beautiful, brand new facility with a cross ventilated barn and rotary parlor.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see their design.

Call the Grant County Extension Office if you have questions or would like to help or make a donation.  Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11:30 am.  Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for kids, under 6 are free.  See you there!




            The next meeting of the goat group will be at the clinic at noon on Thursday, June 6th.  Sally will be discussing reproductive problems, ideas for out of season breeding and pneumonia issues.  She will share what we can learn from doing an autopsy on a dead goat and the value of the lab tests.  We can also discuss milk quality and the potential new Saputo plant expansion.

            This goat group has been a great time for producers to share information and solutions as well as ask questions.  If you have never come before, YOU ARE WELCOME!  We have a friendly group of goat people who range from just having started milking to milking for over 12 years.

            We will have lunch for you starting at noon, but come when you can.  Please invite your friends and neighbors who are interested in goats.




            We are looking forward to the arrival of our new veterinarian, Andrea McGowan.  She will start working at the clinic on Monday, June 3.  At first, she will be going on farm calls with Sally and doing small animal appointments in the clinic as she gets comfortable with where people live.  We won’t expect her to be on calls by herself for a couple months.

            Andrea McGowan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in May.  She grew up on a beef farm in the Blanchardville area and is thrilled to have a job close to her family. She is interested in all facets of vet med, but especially beef cattle and horses.

            Be sure to come to the Client Appreciation Party so you can meet Andrea and welcome her to Lancaster.




            We still have not been able to get more Polyflex or the generic injectable ampicillin.  The company promised more product would be available May 1, but now we do not know how much longer this backorder will continue.  We have other options for you to use instead of ampicillin.




This year’s Grant County Rural Safety Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm.  All children in grades 2-8 this fall are encouraged to attend.  The program is free.  Registration forms should be turned in by June 14.  The first 500 kids registered will get a free t-shirt.

This year’s safety topics include Electrical safety, Pool and river safety, ATV Safety, First Aid, Tug of Grain hazards, Guns and Lawn mower safety.  If you have attended this program before, you can still come and learn something new!           

Lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided. 4-H members in grades 9 and over who would be interested in facilitating at this event should contact Cathy at the Extension Office, 723-2125 by June 1.




            Sally attended a training session and did on-line work to become certified as a Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus individual and trainer.  This certification means that she is able to do on site assessments and certify them as PQA compliant.  She can also do trainings to certify individuals for PQA plus.

            If you have questions or if you or your premises needs to be certified as PQA compliant or recertified, please call and talk to Sally.  She can explain what needs to be done.




            We have been hearing lots of complaints and seeing LOTS of ticks on animals at the clinic.  People are also finding ticks on themselves after being out in the woods for only a short time.

            We have some new products and discounts when you buy a year’s supply of our flea and tick preventative products.  One exciting new product is Revolution Plus for cats.  This product protects your cat against fleas, ticks, ear mites, heartworm, roundworm and hook worms—6 parasites with one easy monthly spot-on treatment. 

            The Seresto flea and tick collars for dogs and cats work great to kill and repel both fleas and ticks.  These collars contain compounds that are released slowly over 8 months.  We also have the oral Bravecto product for dogs that kills both fleas and ticks if you don’t want to have a collar on your pet. 



Committed to the health of your livestock and pets.