TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2014
1. Colostrum management essential to avoid contamination of Johnes.
2. As calf numbers increase, avoid overcrowding, poor ventilation, Coccidiosis and Cryptosporidum. These features will have adverse epigenetic effects on subsequent reproductive performance when heifers are 15 to 18 months of age.
3. Ensure dry cows get fresh water, excellent silage and balanced for minerals and vitamins. Simple facts but often overlooked. Keep your dry cows fit and avoid any body condition score (BCS) loss during the dry period.
4. Ensure cows do not lose excessive BCS post calving as you will reduce herd longevity with a consequential impact on replacement costs.
5. Grass has very little feed value at present as moisture content high, sugars are low and grazing conditions are very poor.