The Weaning Process – How can we help you with your weaning process?
Are Emotional Issues causing you production losses?
The other half is how can you get these young animals grown 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, but how quickly can you get them to grow into market-ready that will suit both your stock and country? There are no right or wrong answers, for there are too many variables to look at, that will also present the ultimate result for all countries and stock. Whatever you decide however, it is always good to research and ask the questions, can I get my young stock into producing quicker? And what would I need to do within my production system to reach these goals? Once you have asked these questions it is then time to work out what steps you need to take to then reach your goal. to which the question would be;
Do I have the resources in both time or feed to reach these outcomes?
Now I know that there are a lot of different ideas out there with regard to weaning stock. The ultimate goal has to be to wean the stock with as little stress as possible, taking into consideration that stress is one of the earliest factors that will limit your production system. The goal should be to have your stock as quite as you can to handle, with the ability to eat in a confined environment as quickly as you can.
This is when you must 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 and ill-thrift. Use a selection of our remedies 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 i.e. feed quantity and quality. So any setback 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 shown 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