Winter dosing pays for itself in the long run
With all the stock housed and settled in to their new surroundings for the winter, it is time to start my winter parasite control programme.
Fluke and lice are the two major ones on my hit list. The plan is to treat for lice with a pour-on between the shoulders and dose for fluke with a product that covers all stages of fluke. Also, when I am running the stock through the chute, I trim all of their tails.
It keeps the finished stock cleaner and by trimming the cows' tails it will keep them neater at calving, especially if they have to be handled or when the newborn calf is getting its first drink.
I always put great emphasis on the winter dosing as there is little point in feeding expensive silage and meal and having good housing if the stock are not thriving because of a worm or lice problem.
Parasite treatment always pays for itself in the long term.
The weanlings are on 1kg of meal and are doing well. I find feeding a small amount of meal helps when herding them to see if they are all out eating. The ration is a good quality 14pc protein mix with minerals.
Two weanlings were treated for pneumonia about two weeks ago and have recovered well, but just about. It showed that a high degree of observation is still required.
They will also get another lungworm dose as some are still coughing a little.