Keeping beef cattle healthy this summer


Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, say there are key measures beef producers can take to maintain their cattle in prime condition as temperatures climb in the months ahead.

“When I first go onto a farm at this time of year, there are five main things I think about to add value,” said ACV vice president, Dr Craig Dwyer. These are:

  • Ensuring the best reproductive techniques are being employed to get more calves on the ground quickly.
  • Managing preventable infectious diseases such as bovine viral diarrhoea virus.
  • Ensuring there is adequate parasite prevention through good husbandry.
  • Adding value through good nutrition for better growth rates, body condition and profitability.
  • Preventing heat stress and planning for the drought season while there is time to act.

“Vaccines, drenches and good nutrition are key prevention strategies that save money and trouble later down the track, and should always be incorporated into any health plan,” said Dr Dwyer, adding that veterinarians play an indispensable role in helping farmers to ensure the health and welfare of cattle, and to improve productivity.

“Cattle producers who retain accredited vets to perform professional reproductive examinations, to measure pregnancy diagnosis and bull fertility, can increase returns significantly,” he said.

Based on a media release sourced from the AVA.

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