Looking ahead

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



  • Calving will be well underway on most farms and hopefully your transition plan has minimised the occurrence of any “down” cows.

  • The optimal time for detecting and treating cows with endometritis is between eight and 21 days post-calving.

  • Hygienic calf management is essential throughout the entire season. Picking up calves twice daily in clean trailers and spraying their navels with iodine is good practice. All calves should be receiving 10% of their body weight of first milking colostrum within six to 12 hours of birth.


Sheep and Beef

  • Close observation of ewe health, especially those carrying multiples, is recommended. Increasing feed levels coming into lambing are key to improved lambing performance. Restricting feed does not prevent bearings and is more likely to precipitate metabolic problems such as milk fever and can compromise lamb survival.

  • Administer clostridial vaccines appropriately to ensure antibodies are in high concentrations in the colostrum. If you vaccinate too early with standard 5-in-1 vaccine, the peak of antibodies will have come and gone before the udder is actually producing colostrum. Scanned late lambers can be vaccinated later.

  • Young cattle and light cows will benefit from a spring drench with a product containing a “mectin” active ingredient to safeguard against type II inhibited ostertagia.



  • Ensure that the foaling box (in what ever form that may take!) is ready and/or mares are in the paddocks in which they will foal. Make sure they have had their pre-foal vaccinations four to six weeks before their due date.

  • With the recent increase in strangles cases we have been seeing, ensure your horse is up to date with Tetanus and strangles before events and competitions resume.

  • Now is a good time to consider putting your horse onto a good mineral supplement (such as NutriMin® Horse or Platinum PerformanceTM Equine) to prepare for the coming season.



  • Most deer farmers will be well aware that the standards for harvesting velvet have been raised. If you haven’t managed to attend one of the local shed meetings on this, get in touch with your vet to discuss how you can modify your velveting set-up to remain compliant.


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