Established in 2020 by Dr Dario Mendoza, Cattle Health Consulting provides consultancy, veterinary and related services to dairy and beef clients, both commercial and stud operations, large and small scale producers.
Dr Dario is a senior vet with a passion for the health and well-being of cattle. He has extensive training and experience in the field, having worked for over a decade in New Zealand and Gippsland before settling in the Light North of South Australia. Dr Mendoza shared his knowledge and skills with the final year veterinary students at the Roseworthy Campus of The University of Adelaide as a Production Animal Clinician.
Dr Dario, after being encouraged by a group of reputable local producers, left his position at Roseworthy to establish his own business, Cattle Health Consulting. He established his progressive service with the goal of providing consistent and permanent support to the local cattle farming community. His focus is on preventative herd medicine, reproduction, farm profitability, and animal well-being.
Thanks to the greater flexibility given by his family business, Dr. Dario was able to make time for both his career and taking care of his young son who attends a school in Tanunda, in the Barossa Valley.
Dr. Dario recognised the challenge that cattle owners in the Central and Northern regions of South Australia face in accessing professional hoof trimming services. He established The Healthy Hoof in April 2023, a subsidiary business of Cattle Health Consulting, to help addressing this issue.
Lyn, born and raised in South Australia, is our senior cattle nurse/technician. Her qualification in veterinary nursing, combined with her extensive work in mixed practice and focus on farm and production animals, has provided Lyn with a wealth of knowledge and skills that she brings to our team.
Lyn's love and passion for animals run deep. Growing up in the countryside surrounded by various species, she developed a deep understanding and connection with them. Lyn's passion for animal care extends beyond her work as a cattle nurse/technician, as she owns a small acreage where she takes care of a mob of Speckle Park cattle, a flock of Merino sheep, and breeds Plymouth Rock and Blue Leghorn chickens. When she's not at work, Lyn enjoys engaging in outdoor activities such as horse riding, motorbiking, camping, and fishing.
''Our family at Garryowen Poll Herefords have been utilising Dario’s veterinary expertise for over four years. His knowledge of cattle health is outstanding and we value his attitude towards animal wellbeing.
Dario has also worked with us closely to help us fine tune and manage our annual animal health, nutrition and reproductive programs, which has produced some really positive results.
He has a great passion for the cattle industry and we value the professional service that he offers highly. We at Garryowen have been breeding Poll Hereford cattle for 70 years and Dario has a great understanding of how important this is to our family, which has resulted in us building not only a great business relationship but also a fantastic friendship. ''
Mark & Rachael McInerney - Garryowen Poll Herefords, Riverton, SA
'' Dario has been our cattle vet since his days at the vet school at Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide.
When he left, he didn’t approach us, we approached him. From his first consultation, Dario has focused on adding value to our operation. Not simply dealing with the procedure at hand but asking questions, making suggestions. All the while, gently pushing us to think more strategically about the herd’s health.
I wasn’t sure about wanting to praise him too much, that might mean we’d have to share him with others. But we know how hard it is to find a cattle vet who knows their stuff when all other vets seem to want to do is cats and dogs! ''
Julian & Jane Maul - Barossa Angus, Mount Crawford, SA
"Our family has been farming in Keyneton for over 70 years, milking a small number of dairy cows, and running beef and sheep alongside. We first met Dario at Roseworthy Vet campus and have been working with him since.
Dario has been working closely with us improving the health and wellbeing of our dairy and beef herds. We find Dario to be extremely helpful, honest and very easy to get along with.
When we have had the odd emergency, he has arrived promptly and worked efficiently to get the situation under control. Dario’s knowledge is outstanding and we have been able to solve a problem with a simple phone call. "
Darren (Bill) & Therese Fiebiger - Keywyn Farms, Keyneton, SA