Potential animal health issues, tasks to consider and reminders for September include...
- Calf management - excellent hygiene practices are essential throughout the season so keep up with this! So long as the weather allows, getting calves outside onto grass is generally a big help, but do keep coccidiosis prevention in place. Also make sure not to miss the key two to six week old window in which to disbud calves - have you got yours booked in?
- Metri-checking - hopefully your first batch and/or the at-risk group of cows will already have been checked and, if required, treated.
- Bull preparation - the start of natural mating may seem a long way off but selecting and preparing your bull team is an excellent first step to ensure a successful mating.
- Lame cows - take time to observe, draft and treat lame cows early to avoid large numbers creeping up.
SHEEP and BEEF
- Lambing - maintain checks on later pregnant ewes and act quickly at the first sign of metabolic disease or lambing trouble.
- Docking - having a plan in place will help ensure important tasks aren't missed.
- Spring things - the spring flush of grass can bring with it some challenges, particularly laminitis prevention and weight management - remember prevention is better than cure! It is also timely to worm all horses with a drench containing moxidectin (such as Ultra-moxTM) as this is often the period of risk for cyathostomosis.
- Foaling - mares should now be in the paddocks in which they will foal. Also make sure they have had their pre-foal vaccinations four to six weeks before their due date.
- Ticks - depending on your farm history consider the need for tick control in the coming months. Talk with your vet about options for treatment.