English Nederlands

Veterinary Tales about Livestock

told by Leo Rogier Verberne
with drawings by Marisca Bruinooge-Verberne

Farm Animals
  • Cover
  • Dedication
  • Colophon
  • Introduction
  • Anal atresia
  • Rural veterinary practice
  • Fetotomy
  • Ketosis
  • Grass tetany
  • Dehorning livestock
  • Caesarean
  • Overlaying of piglets
  • Delivery of a goat
  • Suspended animation
  • Milk fever
  • Traumatic reticulitis
  • Displaced abomasum
  • Triplet lambs
  • Fly strike
  • Liver fluke
  • Ringworm
  • Diphtheria
  • Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhoea
  • Bulling
  • Fertility control
  • Invisible mastitis
  • Heifer delivery
  • Cattle improvement
  • Author
  • From family farming to factory farming

    The true stories in this book are a selection from the daily practice of a rural veterinary surgeon. In the period 1984-2015 livestock farming saw a metamorphosis under the influence of European dairy produce quota: 70% of the dairy farmers discontinued their farm and the number of cows decreased by 25%. So the dairy farms that continued to exist became larger: In 1984, Dutch farmers milked an average of 40 cows. By 2015, when the levy was lifted, the number of dairy cows per farm had increased to 95. It required far-reaching automation: investment in robotic milking, among other things.


    1984: dual purpose cow for milk and meat

    The transformation from family farming to factory farming also had far-reaching consequences for veterinary surgeons. They had been trained to heal sick animals. But on factory farms the individual animal does not count anymore and treating single sick animals has disappeared for the greater part: cows that do not produce enough are simply cleared away. The economy is unrelenting.
    The veterinary surgeon on the family farm of olden days is replaced by the veterinary supervisor for factory farming. The doctor for sick livestock is an old trade now, much like the miller, the horse driver and the farm worker. These developments occur in the background of the stories in this book.

    Sint-Michielsgestel, May 2018
    Leo Rogier Verberne

    Lebmaagverplaatsing. 2000: koe geeft 50 liter melk per dag

    2014: specialized dairy cow

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    © Leo Rogier Verberne
    ISBN/EAN: 978-90-825495-8-4