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.