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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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