December 2015 Newsletter Parasites i) Worms: All young stock should have received a housing dose at this stage. Ivermectin based dose such as ivomec super, enovex, closamectin etc… is recommended at this time of year because it kills dormant ostetagaria stomach worm were others don’t and also helps reduce the lice burden early in the housing period. ii) Fluke: Trodax or closamectin will kill up to 90% of liver fluke at this stage. If stomach fluke is a concern, Zanil or Levafas Diamond will treat. iii) iv) Dairy Cows: An oral drench such as Albex at drying off and Zanil at calving. Lice: One to two doses of lice pour on Dec-Jan time should be sufficient. Pneumonia Pneumonia is extremely common at present, vigilance is essential especially in housed cattle, check cattle twice daily if possible. It’s not too late to vaccinate against pneumonia with Bovipast/IBR, prevention is miles ahead of any cure. Don’t pack too many cattle into pens and make sure you have good air flow in sheds. Drying Off It’s coming that time of year if your spring calving dairy farmer. Body condition is important now before you do so. Thin or too fleshy cows should have their condition amended appropriately via diet. Body condition at calving has the biggest impact on the production year ahead and its best to alter it before the dry period. Too thin or too fat will cause problems. This also applies to suckler cows also. Appropriate dry cow tube selection tailored to length of dry period and specific to on farm mastitis bugs is very important along with a teat seal (Noroseal) to create a solid barrier. Dry cow minerals should be fed throughout the dry period. Scour Vaccine & Calving Rotavec Corona is an essential vaccine against calf scour, cows need only one shot anywhere between 3 – 12 weeks off calving. Clean, well bedded calving pens is important but most of all, colostrum intake as soon as possible after birth (2-4 litres in first 6 hours) is absolutely essential, this is their immune system for the next 3 months, and it doesn’t cost you a penny. If you experience a scour problem or did so last year, get in touch and we’ll investigate and test a sample to determine the cause of your problem. Drugs Farming is currently experiencing a difficult patch financially but as we all know it will bounce back. It is our upmost priority to deliver you value for money. In the coming weeks all our products will be priced at competitive euro equivalent prices and special discounts will be available on ‘pay on the day’ transactions. Discussion Groups If you’re unaware, DARD funding is currently available and open for application until December 14th to join a discussion group. We highly recommend it and will be on hand to help out when it commences. Discussion groups are a great way to learn, develop and grow your farm business, making it more efficient and productive. Office hours over Christmas Thru 24th Christmas Eve ; Closed 1pm Fri 25th Christmas Day ; Closed Sat 26th Boxing Day ; Closed Sun 27th ; Closed Mon 28th – Thru31th ; Open 9am – 4pm Jan 1st New Year’s Day ; Closed We thank you for your business once again and wish you all a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year, from all in Cross Vets.