TIPS FOR AUGUST 2015
Wait four weeks either after the bull has been removed or the last cow AI’d to get your herd scanned.
Ensure cows are no longer than three and a half months pregnant to optimise return from this exercise.
Ensure scanning gives you accurate information on empty cows, ageing of pregnancies, featal gender determination and identification of cows carrying twins.
Plan now on options for “empty cows”. These cows may not be a viable economic entity where milk price does not cover the costs of production.
Consider early dry off of empty cows with an option to finishing on grass with supplemental concentrates.
Consider recycling young “fit” empty cows as replacements next year or introduction to an autumn calving programme.
Preventative health management at this time of year needs close monitoring of somatic cell count, lungworm, stomach and liver fluke and IBR.