Potential animal health issues, tasks to consider and reminders for September include…
- Calf management – excellent hygiene practices are essential throughout the season so keep up with this! So long as the weather allows, getting calves outside onto grass is generally a big help, but do keep coccidiosis prevention in place – most easily done through meal containing a coccidiostat. Also make sure not to miss the key four to eight week window in which to disbud calves – have you got yours booked in?
- Metri-checking – hopefully your first batch and/or the at-risk group of cows will already have been checked and, if required, treated - this will go a long way towards helping to get mating off on the right foot.
- Bull preparation - the start of natural mating may seem a long way off yet but selecting and preparing your bull team well is an excellent first step to ensure a success mating.
SHEEP and BEEF
- Lambing – maintain checks on later pregnant ewes and act quickly at the first sign of metabolic disease of lambing trouble.
- Docking time – having a plan in place will help ensure important tasks aren’t missed - from clostridial vaccination to drenching, make sure you’ve got all tasks in hand at this busy time.
- Spring things – the spring flush of grass can bring with it some challenges, particularly in regard to laminitis prevention, weight management in ponies – remember prevention is better than cure! It is also timely to worm all horses with a drench containing moxidectin (such as Ultra-mox™) as this is often the period of risk for cyathostomosis.
- Foaling – mares should now be in the paddocks in which they will foal. Also make sure they have had their pre-foal vaccinations (primarily Tetanus and Strangles, possibly Salmonella) four to six weeks before their due date.