Who needs a gym when there are Limousin cattle to TB test
The most recent item on the farm's agenda was the annual TB test. It is a big job for any farm, especially when it involves two days. I find this time of the year suitable for the job as all stock are housed, cows are weaned and are still not too heavily in calf so they travel easily through the chute.
The herd was not listed for Brucellosis, which meant one less job.
All cattle showed a clear result, so that is one less worry about restricting animals movements in or out of the herd for another year.
All ran smoothly except that a few cattle gave us a run around for a few minutes -- who needs a gym membership when one has Limousin cattle on the farm.
With all the cattle now housed, the next job is treating all the animals for winter parasites; fluke and lice being the most important to kill.
It is important to spend time and money to kill off these parasites, especially with the cost of housing animals over the winter.
Now that stock are inside and not picking up worms off the pasture it is the ideal time to crack down on parasites but you have to wait long enough for all worms to mature. That's why I gave them four weeks indoors first.
A simple lice pour-on will also be used. With the weather being so mild I can see that the animals are licking themselves in the shed already.