Production

Five tips for beef cattle health and productivity over summer

Beef Central, 02/12/2016

The Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) say there are key measures beef producers should take to ensure their cattle are in optimal shape throughout the summer.

“When I first go onto a farm at this time of year, there are five main things I think about to add value,” said ACV Vice President, Dr Craig Dwyer.

  1. Ensuring the best reproductive techniques are being employed to get more calves on the ground quickly
  2. Managing preventable infectious diseases such as BVDV
  3. Ensuring there is adequate parasite prevention through good husbandry
  4. Adding value through good nutrition for better growth rates, body condition and profitability
  5. Preventing heat stress and planning for the drought season while there is time to act.

“Vaccines, drenches and good nutrition are key prevention strategies that save money and trouble later down the track, and should always be incorporated into any health plan,” he said.

Veterinarians play an indispensable role in helping farmers to ensure the health and welfare of cattle and to improve productivity.

“Cattle producers who retain accredited vets to perform professional reproductive examinations, to measure pregnancy diagnosis and bull fertility, can increase returns significantly,” Dr Dwyer said.

Source: ACV

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