Beef Cattle

Tableland Veterinary Service has had a long and diverse relationship with cattle clients over most of Northern Queensland from Charters Towers to Richmond and north to the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York as well as the coast and on the Atherton Tablelands.

Like most clinics, TVS provides routine pregnancy diagnosis and cattle care for all its beef cattle clients. TVS travels many thousands of kilometers each year servicing the beef clients. In recent years, TVS has trained its veterinarians in fetal aging and now provides an advanced pregnancy diagnosis and management tool for its extensive beef clients. This enables properties to divide their herds
into different groups and to provide specific feeding and nutritional plans depending on the gestational age of the pregnancy. Studies have shown that this enables clients to increase their efficiency and productivity while managing their costs, feeding cattle in a more targeted and effective way. Over the past 12 months over 50,000 head of Northern Queensland cattle have had gestational aging performed in this way by its veterinarians.

Pregnancy diagnosis can also be performed in cattle using ultrasound, and some of our veterinarians use ultrasound extensively in early pregnancy diagnosis (5 – 6 weeks of gestation). Ultrasound does not replace manual pregnancy diagnosis and is used as an adjunct to manual pregnancy testing.

Tableland Veterinary Service veterinarian Dr Ian Hosie has been performing manual pregnancy testing for over 37 years and this experience and understanding of the northern cattle provides a valuable resource for training of our younger veterinarians in Charters Towers, Malanda and Atherton. Dr Hosie still provides the bulk of the pregnancy diagnostic services for northern beef properties.

To book a consultation, contact your nearest Tableland Veterinary Service clinic today.