Scanning provides a focus for calving season
Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30
I'm making slow but steady progress in my bid to cut a week off the calving season every year. My aim is to shorten the calving spread and the sleepless nights.
In the next week I hope to take the opportunity to scan the suckler cows.
Last year the results from the scans were very good and I'm hoping for a repeat of that result.
The bull was taken away in mid August and we are aiming to scan around the 30-day mark after the bull was removed.
In my experience the scanning pays off. It gives a pattern and dates for the coming calving season. If twins show up then these cows can be given special treatment with feeding and closer observation at calving.
Any cows that are empty, which will hopefully not be too many, will be penned with the beef heifers at housing and fattened.
Last week we dosed the calves with lungworm doses containing 100mg/ml of Fenbendazole. This was the second dose of the grazing season.
All the calves seem to be thriving well with little or no coughing. This year I had planned to vaccinate against pneumonia in the weanlings but just didn't get time.