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Top Tips for Cattle Health Over the Australian Summer

27 November 2015

Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) say there are several key measures beef producers can take to ensure their cattle are in tip-top 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. Ensure the best reproductive techniques are being employed to get more calves on the ground quickly.
  2. Preventable infectious diseases such as BVDV and others are managed appropriately for the farm and area.
  3. Parasite prevention is adequate and not promoting resistance.
  4. Value adding through good nutrition for better growth rates, body condition and profitability.
  5. Heat stress prevention and drought planning for the 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.

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