Beef: A thorough winter dosing regime will pay for itself
All stock have now been housed and are settling very well into their new surroundings.
One group of stock I am always worried about at housing are the weanlings.
They seem to have coped well with housing and been weaned, but I am monitoring them closely for pneumonia or just being off-form with a virus. So far there have been no problems. They are getting 1kg of meal in the morning and I find it a great time to observe them to see if they are all out eating.
With the winter housing date a little latter than other years, I will postpone the treatment of for winter parasites by a week or two. Fluke and lice are the two main ones. With the mild weather I have already seen a few cattle licking themselves.
The plan is to treat them with a spot on pour on between their shoulders for the lice and a fluke dose in early January to cover all three stages of fluke.
I always put a high emphasis on treating these winter parasites as there is little point in feeding expensive silage and meal and having great accommodation for stock if they have a problem with worms or lice.
Dosing - be it pour on, oral or the injectables - always pays for itself in the long run.
Another job that's well worth doing at housing is trimming the tails of the finishing cattle and the weanlings to keep them cleaner. The cows' tails will also be trimmed as this will keep them neater at calving time, particularly if they have to be handled or when the new born calf is getting its first drink.