Potential animal health issues, tasks to consider and reminders for March include...
- Clinical mastitis - monitor cows and be aware of rising bulk milk somatic cell count (BMSCC) particularly if feed is tightening and milk volume is decreasing. Book in your Milk Quality Consult ahead of time so you're ready come dry-off time - article P4.
- Facial eczema - preventative zinc treatment should be in place. Spore counts on monitor farms have fluctuated and hotspots are occurring.
- Autumn calving - prepare calving equipment in case of need. Plan calf disbudding and 7in1 vaccination.
Sheep and Beef
- Barbers pole - continue to monitor for signs of disease (pale gums, depressed, exercise intolerant, increased breathing) and drench appropriately.
- Mating begins - ensure all ram palpations/testing have been completed and reproductive vaccinations done. Monitor plane of nutrition and ensure adequate ram ratios.
- Fly/Lice - remain vigilant for signs of flystrike (restless, rubbing, twitching tail, "wet" patches on wool) and fly/lice control at shearing if not done already.
- Facial eczema - as per dairy.
- Leptospirosis - depending on birth date, now is a good time to give fawns their first lepto shot, along with Yersiniavax® for Yersiniosis.
- Weanling management - consider need for branding, identification/registration and vaccinating, and ensure excellent nutrition over this potentially stressful period.
- Parasite control - ensure elimination of tapeworms and cyathostomes with a good drench.
- Dental care - plan to get your horses teeth checked over the next couple of months. Firstly, with low grazing residuals due to the dry conditions horses are forced to graze down low. Secondly, and particularly for elderly horses, having teeth in good order before winter helps maintenance of body condition through the winter months.