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To Do List - November 2021

End of AB - Bulls InMonitor bulls health - particularly lamenessSort trace element supplementation for calves Calf 7 in 1 and BVD vaccinations may be dueWeighing and worming of calves - do you have a plan?Check herd test results...

November 1, 2021

New Weigh Scales Available For Hire

We have an exciting new piece of equipment available for hire to all our clients! Back at field days we purchased some portable Gallagher scales and eID reader wand to enable our clients to weigh calves in a cost effective manner without the initial outlay on expensive equipment themselves. Use of the wand enables you to upload the captured information straight to MINDA.  We hope this will be a utilized service and allow you to better track your calf growth rates and thus improve the health...

October 27, 2021

Mating KPI's

KPITop FarmsAverage Farms 3 week submission rate90%80%Conception rate 60%55%6 week in calf 78%68%Empty Rate (12 week mating)6%10% Are you on track? Remember the main parameter here that you have the most control over right now is the 3 week submission rate. Your focus should be on getting this as high as you can, giving you the best chance the rest will fall into place. ...

October 11, 2021

TURBO® Initial

Turbo® Initial is an oral drench specifically designed for weaned calves. It provides broad worm parasite coverage as well as helping to protect against coccidiosis. This bridges the 'susceptibility' gap after calves come off coccidiostat-treated meal and before they develop natural coccidiosis immunity.If you have had issues with coccidosis in the past then this product may work for you. Give us a call at the clinic to find out more ...

October 7, 2021

October 2021 - To Do List

Synchronise non-cyclers at the start of mating AB for cows and watch for returns, touch up tail paint, re-apply kamars etcCheck your bulls - are they sound, BVD tested and vaccinated?Wean calves when ready - they should be eating 1kg meal/head/day2nd calf 7 in 1 may be due at the end of the month ...

October 5, 2021

Why Wait To Mate?

All cows should be tailed painted a minimum of 3 weeks before planned start of mating... why? 1) Non cyclers are identified early and can then be put on a CIDR programme at the beginning of mating ensuring maximum return from the programme (reduced empty rates, better 6 week in calf rates, more days in milk) 2) Opportunity to bring cows forward to cycle in the first week of mating with timed PG injections - also known as Why Wait Programme For those of you now using electronic means of heat dete...

September 20, 2021

September 2021 - To Do List

Finish up calf disbudding Vaccinate calves with 7 in 1 Plan for mating - start tail painting to identify non-cyclers early Identify and treat dirty cowsBCS cows to identify condition loss post calving Try to give yourselves and staff some time off in between calving and mating to re-charge Book in herd Lepto vaccination for those of you whose annual booster is due in September Book in Scanning for those of you who calve in the Autumn ...

September 1, 2021

Calf Disbudding

It's time to book in your calf disbudding! The calves are coming thick and fast so many of you will have a decent sized mob of replacements to get started with disbudding. Our disbudding service is performed with the calves sedated which makes the job a lot quicker and less stressful for the calves. The process includes supernumerary teat removal and a navel check. Vaccinations can also be performed depending on calf age. With the calves asleep it is also a great time for tag application or any ...

August 2, 2021

August 2021 - To Do List

 To do this month Keep calm and carry on calving!Identify ‘at risk’ cows and treat for endometritis Keep on top of calf pen hygiene and measuring colostrum qualityOrganize first mob of calf disbuddingCheck your bulk milk BVD testing is booked in with your provider (via LIC or via us with SVS)...

August 1, 2021

Managing Stress during Calving

Let’s face it; no matter how well you plan calving, it is a stressful time for most people.However there are some simple things you can do for yourself and your staff to reduce that. • When we are busy or stressed the first thing that goes is communication but this iswhen it is most crucial. Don’t be tempted to skip those regular staff meetings. Dealwith things before they become problems, thus reducing wear and tear on both yourteam and your assets. So ensure you continue your weekly staf...

July 6, 2021

New BVD ear punch PCR test available

LIC have launched a new test that means ear punching at disbudding is now possible Previously calves had to be >35days to run the test however new technology means they can now be done with a ‘dry’ sample at any age. We are able to offer this service at disbudding so please speak to one of the vets beforehand if you’d like to get this sorted....

July 2, 2021

July 2021 - To Do List

This month's to do listGet stocked up for calvingConsider doing some pre-calving bloods to check your mineral supplementation is workingHave a pre-calving meeting with your team, make sure everyone is familiar with protocols for down cows, sick cows etcFind your refractometer!Do some calf bloods in some of the first born to check colostrum management is workingMake a plan for calcium supple- mentation and milk fever treatment...

July 2, 2021

Checking Colostrum Transfer in Calves

The effects of inadequate colostral transfer in calves are well documented. Calves that don’t get sufficient colostrum are more than 5 times more likely to die before weaning and 9 times more likely to become diseased compared to calves that do get sufficient colostrum. Not all cow colostrum is created equal, combined with the fact that antibody levels in the colostrum begin declining from the moment of calving until the cow gets milked it pays to be checking colostrum quality using a refracto...

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