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Forum: Beef Cattle Health/Welfare June 21st, 2011, 14:36
Replies: 8
Views: 66,176
Posted By BecM
Have you always fed him grain only a couple of...

Have you always fed him grain only a couple of times per week? Cows like consistency in their diet due the the way they primarily digest feed.. the rumen bacteria may become unbalanced if there is a...
Forum: "Off Your Chest" May 31st, 2011, 14:19
Replies: 3
Views: 230,590
Posted By BecM
Absolutely..;)

Absolutely..;)
Forum: Beef Cattle Health/Welfare May 31st, 2011, 14:18
Replies: 8
Views: 66,176
Posted By BecM
does he seem to suffer any discomfort from this?...

does he seem to suffer any discomfort from this? what sort of diet is he on?
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare May 5th, 2011, 16:01
Replies: 2
Views: 18,625
Posted By BecM
Neospora caninum. Not one I have heard of...

Neospora caninum. Not one I have heard of before...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare May 2nd, 2011, 05:13
Replies: 2
Views: 18,625
Posted By BecM
Worrying news...

"Abortion Parasite Found In SA Cattle Herds

A parasite that is a major cause of miscarriage in cattle, sheep and goats worldwide may be present in one third of South Australia's cattle herds,...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare May 2nd, 2011, 05:05
Replies: 2
Views: 21,338
Posted By BecM
Is she actually chewing her food, swallowing and...

Is she actually chewing her food, swallowing and regurgitating or is she not able to chew and swallow her hay at all??

One possibility that sprung to mind is 'hardware disease' eg a piece of baling...
Forum: "Off Your Chest" April 3rd, 2011, 06:12
Replies: 12
Views: 192,318
Posted By BecM
Hi all! Welcome and hope to hear from you about...

Hi all!

Welcome and hope to hear from you about your interests / challenges or suggestions! Good to see some more action on the site!

Bec
Forum: "Off Your Chest" April 3rd, 2011, 06:09
Replies: 3
Views: 136,838
Posted By BecM
Welcome to the forum! Always good to see new...

Welcome to the forum! Always good to see new people joining. You will want to find out from you local Ag department/vet what diseases are predominant in your area before you go off and buy a bunch of...
Forum: "Off Your Chest" April 1st, 2011, 03:55
Replies: 4
Views: 147,636
Posted By BecM
I would have to agree with Jon and...

I would have to agree with Jon and Rhodie...getting first hand experience is the only way to go. Once you already know the basics, books can be invaluable in braodening your knowledge base, but you...
Forum: "Off Your Chest" March 23rd, 2011, 00:49
Replies: 3
Views: 230,590
Posted By BecM
Angry Farmers cop it again...

Don't know how many of you guys out there follow the news on overseas farming, but Australian dairy farmers are copping it again. Real milk prices have only gone up by about 8 AUc per litre in the...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare March 17th, 2011, 05:39
Replies: 5
Views: 24,878
Posted By BecM
Sounds like a great set up for smaller producers....

Sounds like a great set up for smaller producers. No hassles, no mould issues, less bullying. Do you have the creep set=up or do they have to jostle for position?
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare March 14th, 2011, 04:16
Replies: 0
Views: 21,401
Posted By BecM
Metritis in dairy cows

I work in the dairy industry in Australia in high production dairies. Every farm I have worked on has, to varying degrees, had issues with metritis in fresh cows. This can range from acute metritis...
Forum: Lifestyle Farming March 5th, 2011, 04:58
Replies: 6
Views: 53,227
Posted By BecM
I don't know whether or not this is a problem in...

I don't know whether or not this is a problem in the US but in Australia (where admittedly we do run a lot of Hereford), Herefords are very prone to getting eye cancers. Not sure whether it is just...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare March 5th, 2011, 04:48
Replies: 3
Views: 35,831
Posted By BecM
No worries. Yeah, a good dose of bicarb will...

No worries. Yeah, a good dose of bicarb will usually fix them up, but prevention is better than cure! Keep up the roughage and keep the grain down to a set ration (which you can slowly increase as...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare February 28th, 2011, 22:37
Replies: 3
Views: 35,831
Posted By BecM
My first suggestion is to find a local cattle...

My first suggestion is to find a local cattle farmer who doesn't mind coming and giving you a bit of help and advice on rearing calves. It isn't as easy as it looks and you cant go wrong getting some...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare February 28th, 2011, 14:07
Replies: 2
Views: 34,574
Posted By BecM
Occasionally cows do get naval hernias after...

Occasionally cows do get naval hernias after calving, especially if they have had a lot of odoema prior to calving; another possibility is a rupture of one of the blood vessels supplying the udder. I...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare February 27th, 2011, 07:38
Replies: 5
Views: 24,878
Posted By BecM
Those feeders look great. Do they just drop a pre...

Those feeders look great. Do they just drop a pre programmed amount to feed all your cows at the same time or is it microchip activated when a cow puts its head in? We use NLIS tags over here (which...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare February 20th, 2011, 02:36
Replies: 3
Views: 22,829
Posted By BecM
I have to agree with jon on the issue. My parents...

I have to agree with jon on the issue. My parents had a dairy in northern sweden, where, due to the climatic conditions (deep snow a lot of the year) they kept the animals tethered.
I work in the...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare February 20th, 2011, 02:27
Replies: 5
Views: 24,878
Posted By BecM
Hi Jeffrey. Unfortunately this forum is very slow...

Hi Jeffrey. Unfortunately this forum is very slow at the best of times! I was excited to find it a couple of years ago and posted under a different name but gave up when I never got any responses...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare February 15th, 2011, 02:31
Replies: 2
Views: 21,004
Posted By BecM
Couple of questions: is she a high producer? is...

Couple of questions:
is she a high producer?
is she losing weight/ looking a bit underweight?
how many days in milk is she?

If she is producing a lot of milk and is only relatively fresh she will be...
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