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Autumn Checklist

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Weaned Calves/Older Cattle

usually enjoy the autumn but for weaned calves it can be a struggle.  Grass quality is important with young cattle and poor quality forage will return negative growth rates.  In addition, the animal's immunity will decline along with it's health.  We are commonly finding a fatal combination of cooperia resistance and yersiniosis in calves in late autumn.  Avoid this by using a combination drench routinely and certainly after the autumn rain.

Autumn Young Cattle Checklist

  • Provide quality grass, crop or supplement feed
  • Drench routinely with combination drench and monitor effectiveness
  • Provide protection for facial eczema, don't rely on zinc in water trough for dairy breeds
  • Vaccinate for Clostridial disease if status is unknown or forgotten