Shaping the future of animal health

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Chris and Sarah Hines - livestock producers in Victoria

Raising a family is hectic at the best of times, especially for a family of six; but add in 1,200 head of cattle, 3,000 ewes, 800 acres of crop and 3,500 acres of your mother-in-law’s land to manage – and you’ve got one heck of a schedule to keep.


Springtime liver fluke control planning vital

Liver fluke is a significant problem this time of year for young calves, especially in high rainfall production areas. But new research indicates good results can be had with treatments that eliminate two-week-old immature flukes.


Injectable trace minerals essential for post-weaning

Young growing stock are under increased levels of stress, even more so after they are weaned. The weaner is undergoing a change in diet and suffering separation stress from its mother. As a result feed intake can drop, reducing mineral intake from pasture and other sources.


Double inject for maximum effect - Optimise growth in calves

Calf marking presents the next opportunity to further develop your animal health program. Colostrum is a valuable resource; however, as lactation continues the value of milk declines rapidly. By the time the calf is marked, immunity obtained from the colostrum begins to diminish along with trace mineral and vitamin reserves. Calf marking presents an ideal opportunity for you to ‘top up’ trace elements and develop the immunity necessary to allow your calves to reach their full potential.


Dung beetles: essential to pasture quality

Australia’s 30 million head of cattle drop more than half a million tonnes of dung across prime grazing land every single day. This provides both an opportunity and a threat to cattle producers across Australia as ongoing dung build up can have a detrimental effect on pasture quality and availability.


Can more livestock improve the land?

Over the last 40 years, biologist and Rhodesian grazier, Allan Savory has developed a method called Holistic Management, whose core belief is that by increasing livestock numbers we can significantly improve land quality and revers desertification.


Monitor the digestibility of summer pasture

Key points

  • Pasture digestibility is a function of pasture species, rainfall, soil type, and landscape location. 
  • Recent results indicate that large variations in digestibility occur not only between regions but also within regions and even across paddocks on your farm.
  • Based on estimated pasture digestibilities, calculating your stock requirements across your farm, combined with good budgeting, could potentially save you money.
  • Consider monthly testing your key paddocks for weaners and maiden ewes as the pasture ‘hays’ off at the end of your growing season.


Producing quality silage

Producing quality silage for livestock is a combination of good management, having the right starting material and a bit of luck when it comes to the weather.  The key to producing ‘quality’ silage is based on: