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Animal Health Plans – what are they and why you want one

Mar 6, 2020 | Dairy, Dairy Animal Health & Welfare

What’s is an Animal Health Plan (AHP)? 

  • Animal Health Plan’s record the activities you do or want to do over a season with your stock 
  • They are becoming a requirement of Milk Processing companies to complete. In the case of Fonterra for example they are looking for information on your farm performance, goals and actions in 5 key areas 
  • Alongside this Anexa Vets have a full season plan where together we can record all relevant animal health activities for your cows, heifers or calves, in as much detail as you need 
  • At the same time it’s an opportunity to discuss the merits of any new animal health options (e.g. – could your drying off process be easier and more effective if you did a whole herd individual body condition score in Autumn?) and of existing ones (e.g. is drenching your calves every 3-4 weeks still the most cost effective option) 

Why do an Animal Health Plan? 

  • The key reason is they allow planning of activities throughout the season 
  • This allows a “memory jogger” for yourselves and all farm staff 
  • These activities can then be costed for budgeting purposes 
  • Dairy companies are looking to make these a requirement 


What do you need to do? 

  • Simply call your vet and they will arrange a list of information required from you to do the AHP well – e.g. for Fonterra there is information required for their part of the process – it’s usually all in the dairy diary 
  • Make a time to visit, discuss the options and enter the plan
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