Winter housing checklist

Peader Scanaill

* Worm and fluke treatment now to gain maximum benefit from remaining weeks at grass;

* Check and treat for lice;

* Check hooves and feet for lameness and carry out any remedial procedure;

* Check the heads for broken or ingrowing horn butts and carry out any de-horning as necessary before going indoors;

* Pneumonia vaccination programme initiated or boosted now, ahead of housing;

* Check the sheds for any wet corners or over-summer contamination. Clean all sheds, repair leaks at troughs and in the roof. Allow the clean surfaces to dry before housing;

* Group the cattle into the batches they are likely to be in when indoors. This allows the pecking order to be established before they enter the more bunched-up pens.

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