worming and/or vaccinating cows

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childoftheearth
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worming and/or vaccinating cows

Postby childoftheearth » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:32 pm

Hi All,

My new babies (Jersey heifer poddy calves) are about eight weeks old now and I'm told they should be wormed. All the suppliers seem to sell drench by the litre (sufficient for around 100 calves) which is a bit more than I need for my two! Shortly I will have the same problem with vaccinations. How does everyone source small quantities of these things? I thought I could try a vet to see if they "break down" large volume containers of product.

All suggestions welcome.

Elaine

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Re: worming and/or vaccinating cows

Postby minnie » Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:06 pm

Hi Elaine,

I use cydectin pour on (they need to be a certain weight though, so check) but haven't used it on calves. The smallest bottle is approx $99 from memory and it will last some time, and goes without saying just because it has a use by date you can go over that.

Vax - have a talk to your vet, often they will have a bottle and take a couple of needles out for you. If not talk to neighbours etc and see if you can buy a couple of doese from them. Vaccination serum can't be stored, once opened it has to be used within (is it) 24 hours. Not sure how the vets can have small amounts. But they must as originally we had the vet vax our alpacas (4).

If you don't know your vet, get to know them, you never regret knowing your vet well.

Vicki

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Re: worming and/or vaccinating cows

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:19 pm

Elaine, not cows but I am sure the principle would be the same. As Vicki has stated give your vet a call as most vets (particularly those who also deal with larger animals, not just domestic ones will sell you the number of doses you require.
I recently bought some drench for our sheep, the bottle cost $110 from the rural supply store.

When I bought it the chap told me I could also put a sign up in his window seeking other small landowners with small flocks of sheep who would be interested in co oping a larger bottle of drench as the larger the bottle the cheaper it is. DH wanted it right then so I bought this then went to the vet and bought the vaccine. I will put a notice in the store window next time I am in town as it is a good idea to share the cost.

The bottle he sold me has a use by date on it for June next year but he told me I could use it and expect the same level of cover for a good year past that use by date.

Maybe you could do something similar and place a notice in the rural store or maybe even in your local newsletter?

Kathleen
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Re: worming and/or vaccinating cows

Postby Heidi » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:41 am

LOL.. our solution was to get more cows!

Seriously though, in regard to vaccinations, we use ours, then seal it well with masking tape, then store it in the fridge, for when we need it the following year. Yes, not ideal, but that's what we were told to do by other farmers. I don't know if its still working or not, but we've had no issues with what we vaccinate for, although there's never usually a lot left over, just enough to do a late lamb. We use the vaccine that does cows and sheep, so it gets quite a work out at our place.
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