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The hot and rainy season brin gs about its own special set of challeng es, and one of these challenges is increas ed external parasite activity. Diseases that ma ny cattle farmers encounter in summer a re Heartwater, Redwater, Gall sickness and Lum py Skin disease. When it comes to tick-bor ne and insect-borne disease prevention, control of t he ticks and insects is essential to ensu re that you do not lose anima ls due to these diseases.
Here a re a few tips on effective contr ol of ticks and other external parasites.
𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐨 𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭.
There are 4 ma in products you can use to contr ol ticks namely
🐂 Pour Ons e.g. Deadline
🐂 Sprays e.g. Triatix or Takt ik Cattle Spray
🐂 Plunge Dips
🐂 Injectables e .g. Dectomax, Doraject, Ivermax.
Although all of t he above products can be used to contr ol external parasites Sprays, Pours Ons a nd Plunge Dips are best used to contr ol external parasites in summer because of t he high populations of these parasites.
𝐅𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬.
Wh en controlling external parasites in the summ er reason another thing to focus on is t he frequency of application of external parasi te control products. As the tick populatio ns rise in summer it may be necessa ry to spray or dip your anima ls more often. Assess the tick burde ns on your cattle and if y ou are seeing a lot of parasit es consider increasing the number of tim es you dip your animals accordingly.
𝐕𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤-𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬
If you have sufficient ti ck control programmes then you will fi nd that it is not necessary to vaccina te against Heartwater, Redwater and / or Ga ll sickness. The only exception to th is would be Lumpy Skin Disease whi ch in any case you need to vaccina te your cattle against.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢 𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐢 𝐜𝐬, 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢 𝐧𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐢 𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝟐𝟓 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎 𝟐𝟏 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟏𝟏𝐚𝐦 – 𝟑:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦 𝐨𝐧 𝐙𝐨 𝐨𝐦. (𝐑𝟒𝟗𝟎𝐩𝐩)
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A word from a veterinarian.
(Tak en from Comvet Veterinary Services post: https://www.facebook.com/Comvet-Veterinary-Services-101889712102109/)
I’ve be en getting this question a lot especial ly with this cold snap and I thoug ht I would provide some basic guidelin es on when, why and what to gi ve this winter.
Before I proceed, I al so need to mention that this is w hy you need to have an annu al farm visit or even just a ch at with your veterinarian to provide y ou with guidance on what to gi ve, when, how and why, this wi ll in turn save you unnecessary los es due to diseases or conditions th at are otherwise preventable. These are ju st basic guidelines and more may be recommend ed, please speak to a vet.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢 𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫?
In winter one of t he major problems is a fall in nutrition al quality of grazing because everything is D RY! There maybe grass but it do es not contain sufficient nutrients to suppo rt healthy growth of animals which is w hy your animals graze, but they se em to lose weight, simply because t he available grazing does not contain as mu ch nutrients is it normally has duri ng the hot rainy summers. In additi on to this the very cold weath er can sometimes create “stress” in anima ls. This combination of “stress” as we ll as poor body condition score al so leads to animals that are n ot as resistant to disease hence we ha ve cases of coughing cows and pneumonia.
𝐒𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞?
Here are a f ew basic recommendations, but this is n ot all of them.
🐂 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢 𝐨𝐧 – There is something called a wint er lick or a winter block. A wint er block is a winter supplement th at contains nutrients that are otherwise in sho rt supply. Note that this is a suppleme nt and not a substitute, you wi ll need to provide additional grazing or rougha ge e.g. hay otherwise you may r un into other problems. The winter blo ck / lick is exactly what it soun ds like, a block that animals li ck. Different feed companies will have differe nt names for their winter blocks so y ou may need to consult with yo ur nearest feed store.
🐂 𝐃𝐞𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 – Th is should have been done at t he beginning of winter but if y ou have’nt done so you may ne ed to consider to do so. Wor ms can cause poor feed conversion a nd poor nutrient absorption, and with grazi ng being so scarce in winter y ou need maximum feed conversion. Deworming ensur es that your animals are benefiting fr om the winter block / lick a nd hay supplements you are feeding them.
🐂 𝐌𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐬 – The reas on why this is especially important in wint er is that, normally animals will g et vitamins and minerals from the grazi ng but with everything dried out th ey quickly become deficient of these vitami ns and minerals which is why y ou need to supplement. Some of the se vitamins and minerals like selenium a nd vitamin A are essential for norm al bodily functions and you need yo ur animals performing at their optimal to be at the winter stress.
In short, you shou ld not have to wait for t he cold snap to happen to sta rt thinking about what to give yo ur animals in winter. Planning for wint er happens in summer and you c an only do this is you ha ve the knowledge, and this knowledge wi ll come from your veterinarian. Save th is post for future reference, any o ne who asks me this question aga in I will refer back to th is post.
If you need guidance on w hy, when and what to give f or the rest of the year, plea se book an appointment for an annu al health visit or for a ch at with us for a herd / flo ck health programme.
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