Suck­lers

Irish Examiner - Farming - - BEEF SECTOR -

Au­tumn calv­ing is now in full swing. En­sure new born calves get suf­fi­cient colostrum within the first six hours of life.

If you are creep-feed­ing spring calves, make sure that the con­cen­trate be­ing fed con­tains good qual­ity in­gre­di­ents to en­cour­age in­take.

Get calves to be weaned cas­trated, vac­ci­nated and dosed well in ad­vance.

Con­tinue to sup­ple­ment suck­ler cows with mag­ne­sium licks, be­cause nights are a bit cooler, and there is some tetany around.

Keep a close eye on freshly calved cows to en­sure that they have passed all of their clean­ing. Cows can get very sick if they have re­tained any of the foetal mem­brane.

It will have a ma­jor ef­fect on fu­ture re­pro­duc­tive ef­fi­ciency, and early in­ter­ven­tion is cru­cial. The more times a cow cy­cles be­fore you com­mence breed- ing, the bet­ter chance you have of get­ting her back in calf.

Con­tinue with mag­ne­sium licks; nights are cooler, and there is some tetany around.

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