Ensure that cows are kept in acceptable body condition for calving

Autumn calves on many farms have now been weaned.

Their mothers are now in their dry period in preparation for the next batch of calves.

Try to keep these cows in an acceptable body condition for calving — which is not so easy when grass is so plentiful for most.

Keep an eye on these cows for mastitis after drying off.

Make sure that if you normally vaccinate cows for calf scours you get it done in the recommended time frame.

If you vaccinate for the more common diseases such as BVD, IBR, lepto, salmonella, etc., it is important that you get your timings right.

If you don’t vaccinate for any of these, perhaps you should sit down with your vet and establish if your herd requires any intervention. This can be based of the incidence of health issues in the past on your farm, in conjunction with an investigation process within your herd.


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