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Letting out suckler cows

  • 06-04-2023 11:18am
    Registered Users Posts: 36

    I’m going to let out the cows out tomorrow after their first winter inside. Should I give them anything (dose or injection) before letting them out or are the ok. Thanks in advance


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,057 ✭✭✭bogman_bass

    Nope. They don’t pick up worms in the shed

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,300 ✭✭✭Anto_Meath

    Minerals are the only thing cattle need for the first few weeks at grass. Have a lick bucket with them or give the bolus.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,224 ✭✭✭Dunedin

    Yep as Anto said above - magnesium lick buckets or bolus

    (remember bolus only covers magnesium for 30 days so often better to just go with the bucket. Flip side of that is that with the bolus you’re sure they’ve got it whereas no guarantee that all cows will lick the buckets - dealers choice really)

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,512 ✭✭✭Bleating Lamb

    Really if you are giving them a bolus it should be done a few days before they are let out so that it has a chance to go into their system.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14 Skerries Steve

    Got caught a few years ago, with the bonuses, cow down with tetany couldn't save her told the vet had given her the bonuses, and he said they sometimes can bring 1 up while chewing the cud, you need the 2 boluses to be hitting off one another in the stomach to work.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 837 ✭✭✭dohc turbo2

    Yes few days before lettin out, I find to do them in head locking barrier and leave a few min to c do they bring up, find it rare that they bring up only the odd one that it's tough enough to start with, got caught with tetney, I do them going out and in autumn