Potential animal health issues, tasks to consider and reminders for November include...


  • Clinical mastitis - monitor cows and be aware of rising bulk milk somatic cell counts
  • Stay sharp on heat detection as you move through the mating period
  • Lameness - may still be an issue after a soggy October so monitor cows daily to prevent large numbers creeping up
  • Keep on top of bull management - remove lame or sick bulls ASAP
  • Book in for early pregnancy testing - ideally six weeks after mating finishes
  • Ensure excellent weaner management - drench regularly, weigh to monitor growth rates, potential trace mineral supplementation, allocate adequate good quality pasture. See article...
  • Continue to use calf meal with coccidiostat for one to two months after weaning to avoid coccidiosis commonly seen at this time of year


  • Barbers pole - weather dependent, sheep may need specific drenching for this parasite sooner rather than later, signs to look for are pale gums, depressed, exercise intolerant, increased breathing
  • Ewes at weaning - monitor body condition and udders
  • Lambs at weaning - parasite management, vitamin B12 testing, fly strike control
  • Ensure finishing cattle are vaccinated with 5 in 1 or 10 in 1 to avoid deaths from clostridial diseases, these often occur when animals are growing well on lush pasture and can be hard to distinguish from bloat


  • Plan preparations for develveting. See article...
  • Keep an eye out for ticks and treat accordingly


  • Temperament changes and neurological signs (increased sensitivity to stimuli, wobbly gait etc.) may indicate ryegrass staggers.
  • Allergic airway disease - look out for dry cough, rubbing of nose/head, discharge from eyes/nose, fast breathing with increased effort
  • Continue regular drenching of young animals, particularly yearlings - as a general rule treat six weekly through to the end of summer