Make sure that stock has sufficient clean feed. Crops may not be able to be grazed until they dry out and other supplements may have to increase quickly to offset this. The risk of diarrhoea, particularly in younger animals, is higher in flood-contaminated pastures. Check mobs regularly and take action early if you see animals looking unhappy or poorly.
Some races will have substantial damage increasing the lameness risk. Take it slowly when moving animals over damaged races and start planning repairs so they can be done quickly when the conditions come right.
Expect a lift in the environmental mastitis risk. Increase the strength of teat spray to 1:4 with extra emollient, continue teat spraying every teat of every cow after every milking, and check cows for early signs of clinical mastitis at cups-on to reduce the impact of mastitis on the herd.
If weather conditions warm up quickly, we will have a lot of dead material in the pastures and the facial eczema risk could ramp up very quickly. Don’t overlook zinc supplementation where it is needed.
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