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Irish Examiner - Farming - - BEEF SECTOR -

Dry cows

Con­tinue to feed dry cows ac­cord­ing to body con­di­tion. Check that your dry cow min­eral is the right one for your farm.

Colostrum

Get calves off to the best pos­si­ble start with a good sup­ply of colostrum.

Lazy drinkers should be stom­ach tubed if nec­es­sary within the first six hours.

If you have vac­ci­nated cows, the full ben­e­fit will not be trans­ferred to the calves un­less suf­fi­cient colostrum is consumed.

Stock­ing rate

To avoid bul­ly­ing of fresh cows and in­jury to calves, don’t stock pens too heav­ily

G e t th e b u ll re ad y f o r th e breed­ing sea­son.

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