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Health and production planning for dairy, beef and sheep farms

As herds get larger and cattle move over greater distances, the risk of importing diseases onto your farm greatly increases. Over the last few years we have seen a big surge in the number of herds with diseases like IBR, BVD, Salmonella and Leptospirosis. Diseases such as mastitis and digital dermatitis are also usually imported onto farms when new stock is purchased.

With the correct tools and advice, it is possible to monitor diseases on your farm and implement a program to either prevent new diseases from coming onto your farm or to eradicate existing diseases.

There has also been a big increase in the development of worm resistance to modern anthelmintics. Both sheep and cattle will under-perform if worm burdens cannot be controlled in these animals. It is important to understand the different classes of wormers available for cattle and sheep and to use all available methods to prevent a build up of resistance on your farm. The same applies to liver fluke which affects both young-stock and adult cattle and sheep.

Health planning can help you identify areas of management that can be changed or improved to help prevent resistant worms from becoming a problem on your farm. We use computer based herd health plans to generate and update a health plan for your farm.

Please speak to one of our vets if you would like more information about herd health planning.