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Thinking about bulls

The breeding season is not far away. It is time to tick off a few management issues/questions; Have the breeding bulls wintered okay? Check for lame bulls or bulls that may have health issues. Do bulls need copper, selenium or both (these elements are important for good semen production and bull fertility). Do you need […]

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At risk cows

Checking cows for signs of endometritis and treating those identified has been shown to significantly affect how fast cows get back in calf. Cows that have been calved for more than 1 month, can now be metrichecked and treated if required. You may like to check all cows or alternatively those that are most likely […]

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Calf scours

This year scours have been an issue on some dairy farm, where they have not been an issue in the past. The calf scour syndrome is normally one or a combination of either Rotavirus or Cryptosporidia, occasionally e-coli, corona virus or even salmonella can be involved. Rotavirus and Crypto are extremely infectious and can be […]

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Low Blood Calcium in Calving Cows

Every dairy farmer knows that low blood calcium will result in “milk fever” in a dairy cow round calving time. What is less commonly understood is all the other side effects of low blood calcium (LBC) at this time. These issues include; Calving difficulties, LBC results in poor muscle contraction in the uterus and poor […]

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Magnesium in dairy and beef cows

For dairy farmers who have not already checked mineral levels especially magnesium, it is not too late to do so. Low magnesium will contribute to increased metabolic problems and lost milk production in early lactation. If your cows have grazed fodder beet it would also be a good idea to check phosphorus levels. With regard […]

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Happy with your feed cover??

I have been on a number of sheep and beef properties in the last 4-5 weeks. While stock condition is generally quite good, feed covers are variable, from good to challenging!! (The situation is not helped by how wet things are!) On many properties scanning percentages have been very good, so the demand for feed […]

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Clostridial Vaccination for Cattle

At this time of the year we often hear about or investigate the sudden death of cattle. Normally younger animals are involved but not always. Often the cattle are being break fed either on grass or crops of some description. Where animals “blow up” very quickly after death and rapidly go rotten, clostridial disease is […]

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Poisoning after the snow

As well as presenting plenty of logistical issues and giving some the opportunity to try winter camping at home, we have seen some interesting animal health issues. On one property ewes died about a week after the snow. Before death they developed swollen heads and ears that looked very similar to facial eczema. Blood tests […]

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Challenging times

The weather gods have certainly thrown some significant challenges at many of our members over the last month. Despite the snow, rain and wet conditions most farmers and their stock seem to be dealing relatively well with the situation. Feeding stock well and good animal health and husbandry at this time of the year sets […]

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Calf Disbudding – Please book in early

Knocking calves out and dehorning them has become a very popular choice for most of you who rear calves and at times we struggle to have sufficient “human power” to keep up. Please notify us of your requirements ahead of time. Calves are best dehorned round 3-4 weeks of age before they get too big. […]

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