Things to think about if you are autumn calving cows right now

Things to think about if you are autumn calving cows right now
By Katrina Roberts, Herd Health Veterinarian, Anexa Vets

Climatic conditions in the autumn usually make for easier calving both for the cow and the calf but there may be some challenges with calf rearing.

Higher ambient temperature means that milk doesn’t stay fresh without a preservative or refrigeration. If we do get rain, warm and wet conditions may increase the risk of umbilical infections, allow bugs to multiply and of course, flies can increase the spread of disease as well. Therefore having good systems in place for autumn born calves is vital. When they go outside the weather is getting cooler and days are getting shorter (the opposite to spring-born calves), therefore keeping high-quality meal intakes around 1.5kg for longer than you think is crucial.

From a cow perspective just like spring, mating seems to appear before you are ready for it, so please sit down and meet with your vet to discuss your autumn mating plan when you have a spare moment.



Date Added: Thursday, 8th April 2021


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