Taking a sample for faecal egg counts (FEC)

Taking a sample for faecal egg counts (FEC)

Taking a sample for faecal egg counts (FEC) The first and foremost thing to do is to take a dung sample for a faecal egg count. This is a key tool to monitor the level of worms, potential impending resistance and the need for worming. It should be part of all worming...
Grass – Frequently Asked Questions

Grass – Frequently Asked Questions

Grass – Frequently Asked Questions   After dosing calves how long would you recommend leaving them in the original paddock? We don’t want to be bringing any bugs with them onto the fresh grass With all dosing routines, it is best to consult your vet as every...
Purchasing calves – Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing calves – Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing calves – Frequently Asked Questions   What is the ideal age to purchase calves? To some extent it depends on the source of the calves. Calves should ideally be a minimum of two weeks old, having received transition milk from freshly calves cows during their...
Managing late-born calves – Frequently Asked Questions

Managing late-born calves – Frequently Asked Questions

Managing late-born calves – Frequently Asked Questions   What is a ‘late-born’ calf? A ‘late-born’ calf is a calf that is born towards the end of a season or batch. They are anywhere up to 4 months younger that the first-born calves. In a spring calving season...
Weaning – Frequently Asked Questions

Weaning – Frequently Asked Questions

Weaning – Frequently Asked Questions   Assuming calf hits appropriate weights, what’s the difference you get weaning at 6 weeks or 8 weeks? If the rumen is ready for weaning, the age is not so important. If the calf’s rumen is developed enough by the time the...
Colostrum and Transition milk – Frequently Asked Questions

Colostrum and Transition milk – Frequently Asked Questions

Colostrum and Transition milk – Frequently Asked Questions   What is colostrum? Colostrum is the first milking, and only the first milking post-calving. It contains high levels of solids with high amounts of energy, antibodies, hormones, vitamins, minerals and more....