Looking ahead

Possible animal health issues and tasks to consider and reminders for September include…

 

Dairy

  • 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. Also make sure not to miss the key two to six-week-old window in which to disbud calves – have you got yours booked in?

  • Metrichecking – Hopefully your first batch and/or the at-risk group of cows will already have been checked and, if required, treated.

  • Bull preparation – The start of natural mating may seem a long way off but selecting and preparing your bull team is an excellent first step to ensure a successful mating.

  • Lame cows – Take time to observe, draft and treat lame cows early to avoid large numbers creeping up.
 

Sheep and Beef

  • Lambing – Maintain checks on later pregnant ewes and act quickly at the first sign of metabolic disease or lambing trouble. Watch out for cases of milk fever.

  • Docking – Having a plan in place will help ensure important tasks aren’t missed.

  • Calving – Have a “calving kit” prepared and ensure it contains at least a five litre container of lube – it is often the difference between getting a calf out successfully or not! Maintain regular checks on pregnant animals and act quickly at the first sign of any trouble.

 

Equine

  • Spring things – The spring flush of grass can bring with it some challenges, particularly laminitis prevention and weight management – 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 four to six weeks before their due date.

 

Deer

  • Ticks – Depending on your farm history consider the need for tick control in the coming months. Talk with your vet about options for treatment.

 

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