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Forum: Beef Cattle Health/Welfare May 19th, 2009, 11:45
Replies: 2
Views: 23,124
Posted By happyheifer
I have mostl;y noticed it in cows that have...

I have mostl;y noticed it in cows that have quickly gained weight in the dry period say 3-4 weeks prior to calving, although some bulls do throw big calves. So both dietary and genetic. As far as...
Forum: Beef Cattle Health/Welfare April 28th, 2009, 12:35
Replies: 2
Views: 27,524
Posted By happyheifer
What type of hay are you feeding? As in pasture...

What type of hay are you feeding? As in pasture (clover dominant?) lucern (alfa alfa)? If your hay is high in protein that could be what is doing it. Is it very dark, glossy, bubbly? Can you smell...
Forum: Beef Cattle Health/Welfare April 22nd, 2009, 12:01
Replies: 2
Views: 23,124
Posted By happyheifer
some calves are born "knuckled over"....

some calves are born "knuckled over". Usually, its big bull calves that are affected that have been cramped up in utero, and yes, they will walk up on tip toes or roll over onto their "knucles"....
Forum: "Off Your Chest" April 19th, 2009, 07:42
Replies: 4
Views: 136,426
Posted By happyheifer
Active Members!!!

Hi All,

This is a very slow forum. I know that others have said the same thing but we need more members. All of you guys and girls out there that browse this site should get involed. It takes 5...
Forum: Pedigree Breeding April 18th, 2009, 23:21
Replies: 5
Views: 58,243
Posted By happyheifer
Hi Katie, Almost certainly too late to respond...

Hi Katie,

Almost certainly too late to respond but will do so anyway incase there is anyone else interested.

Milk yield is an indicator of genetic gain but that itself is dependent on some other...
Forum: Producers and Vets April 18th, 2009, 22:58
Replies: 4
Views: 44,016
Posted By happyheifer
her is a useful website to answer all your...

her is a useful website to answer all your veterinary queries. Hope it helps
http://cattletoday.info/blackleg.htm
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare April 18th, 2009, 22:40
Replies: 0
Views: 20,928
Posted By happyheifer
BJD and Pestivirus on Dairy Farms

Hi,

I am wondering whether BJD (Bovine Johnies Disease) and Pestivirus are as big a problem on overseas dairy farms as they are in Australia. Pestivirus can be vaccinated against (although this...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare April 18th, 2009, 22:19
Replies: 5
Views: 29,272
Posted By happyheifer
are you absolutely certain that the cows have...

are you absolutely certain that the cows have worms? Generally the pour ons are pretty good but you should take some fecal samples and get them analysed for worm burden to ensure you use the right...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare April 18th, 2009, 09:55
Replies: 5
Views: 29,272
Posted By happyheifer
Are you giving your cows a salt lick at all? if...

Are you giving your cows a salt lick at all? if so ensure adequate copper and sulphur in it (you will need to check exact quantities). I suggest you look up Pat Coleby in Australia - she has been an...
Forum: Dairy Market Place April 18th, 2009, 09:36
Replies: 4
Views: 197,178
Posted By happyheifer
Hi Ryan, I am a herd manager on a big dairy in...

Hi Ryan,

I am a herd manager on a big dairy in south Australia. We milk holstein but I have worked with other breeds. Really it depends on what you want from the cows. Is the milk going raw to a...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare April 15th, 2009, 09:38
Replies: 4
Views: 43,691
Posted By happyheifer
I agree with Andromeda- it sounds like ringworm....

I agree with Andromeda- it sounds like ringworm. If you want to go down the organic path you can try dusting sulphur or a mild solution of copper sulphate. You can also add these to the animals salt...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare April 15th, 2009, 09:28
Replies: 1
Views: 22,322
Posted By happyheifer
Do you mean crushed maize or maize...

Do you mean crushed maize or maize silage?

Silage has already begun the fermentation process - the same process which occurs in the cows rumen. It is therefore more digestable as a result. Starches...
Forum: Dairy Cattle Health/Welfare April 14th, 2009, 12:13
Replies: 8
Views: 160,188
Posted By happyheifer
fat and protein level

Hi Gino

fat and protein levels in the milk will change when the growth habits of the pasture alters at different times of the year. I am a herd manager on a large dairy in Australia so I am not...
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