The Weaning Process – How can we help you with your weaning process?
Are Emotional Issues causing you production losses?
Whatever you do reaching joining weight is only half of the equation.
The other half is how can you get these young animals grown out to a satisfactory size and weigh before calving or lambing. We know that it is the reserves that they carry into birthing that will drive the fertility for the next joining. This is the same for the males you produce. How quick can you get them grown and into the market that suits your stock and country? Now there is no right or wrong and there are too many variables to look at to come up with a ultimate decision that is right for all country.
Whatever you do, it is always good to look at it from time to time and ask the question. Can I get my young stock into producing quicker? And of course the other side of that is. What would I need to do with in my production system to reach these goals? Once you have asked these questions it is then time to work out what are the extra things that you would have to do to get to where you need to be.
The question would be – Do I have the resources in both time or feed to reach these outcomes?
This is when you minimise the stress. Stress lowers the immune system and slows the digestive system, which all relates to compromised production both in weight gain and animal health costs. Signs of a lowered Immune system are pink eye , respiratory infections, worm burdens, runny noses, constant walking, not eating, ill-thrift. Use a selection of our homeopathic preps and at the right time during the weaning process you can work on both the mothers and the babies to help them through the emotional problems that lead to stress. It can be done quickly and cost effectively. Over the years of running weaning programs one thing that I have always noticed is that we always wean going into a tough period of the year, in regards to the season ie. feed quantity and quality. So any set back or stress at this time can quite often take a few months to get over. The longer a stress event lasts the more weight is lost and the longer it takes animals to get over it.
Testimonial: “For the last 3 years that I have run this program it has been interesting to see our cattle just keep going forward after weaning. This has also showed up in the fact that when we did worm tests in the Spring, coming out of Winter we have had nil to low counts so the weaners have not needed dosing for worms, saving us time and money.” C. Franklin, Beaudesert Qld