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Last year’s calves should be weaned by now, so get con­di­tion on them and their moth­ers. Late wean­ing if you’ve had a dry sum­mer tends to lead to cows in poorer con­di­tion head­ing into win­ter and weaner weights that are lower than av­er­age. •

Warm, moist con­di­tions will in­crease lice and in­ter­nal par­a­sites. Get fae­cal egg counts done and drench only as re­quired.

“Ill-thrift” in au­tumn can cause calves to ‘ fade’. This can be caused by a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors in­clud­ing low qual­ity feed, par­a­site bur­dens, low cop­per lev­els and sen­si­tiv­ity to fun­gus in the grass. •

On some farms, sup­ple­men­tary feed­ing-out is nec­es­sary dur­ing late sum­mer and au­tumn (rather than win­ter) to en­sure stock go into win­ter in good con­di­tion. This gives preg­nant cat­tle and/or beef cat­tle the best chance of main­tain­ing health and weight over win­ter.

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