Drenching Livestock

Drenching, why, how and when? Whether you are a commercial or lifestyle farmer, drenching and parasite control is an ongoing and important part of animal health. Controlling parasite numbers and preventing the development of resistance to drenches are the key aims of any parasite control program. Parasite numbers are primarily dependent on environmental conditions and stock density. However, other factors that can complicate the issue are Species specific metabolism of drugs Cross-grazing of different species (such as sheep and goats) Buying in stock with unknown parasite burdens Stock access to long-standing water sources Dench resistant parasites Repeat grazing of young
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BVD & LIC results

Bulk Milk testing As part of your regular herd test LIC offer a Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) bulk milk test.  This test will measure two aspects of your bulk milk sample in relation to this disease. SP Ratio The first is the SP ratio which is looking at antibody levels. This is the paint ball splat with a letter in the middle appearing on the graph.  If the levels are high it means the cows have been exposed to BVD and are actively producing antibody, if low they are less likely to have been exposed and hence antibody is not
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Raising Dairy Calves

Dairy Calves With calves now hitting the ground thick and fast. Ensuring colostrum intake within the first 12hrs of life and maintaining good hygiene are key to getting your future stock to weaning in good health and condition. Colostrum Colostrum – Studies have shown that around 50% of dairy calves fail to suckle naturally directly after birth, limiting colostrum intake in the important first 12hrs of life. After this time antibody absorption drastically drops off until 18-24hrs after birth were the gut closes and treats all intake as feed to be broken down before absorption. Calf Sheds Calving Sheds –
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