Future Dairy, as part of Labour Saving Solutions, focuses on season long parasite control in replacement heifers. Parasites such as lungworm and stomach worms must be controlled at pasture to ensure daily live weight gain targets are achieved. Recent Irish research has clearly shown that animals that receive a comprehensive and effective worm dose have better daily live weight gains than animals who are treated with ineffective products.
Swarms of nuisance flies in replacement heifers can spread dry mastitis, so the control of flies is crucial to reduce the number of blind quarters at calving as well as reducing the spread of diseases such as Schmallenberg virus, which is transmitted by midges.
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