How to prevent Cryptosporidiosis in calves

2021-06-01T17:32:48+00:00April 12, 2018|Calving|

One of the biggest calf killers in Ireland, north and south, is scour. It is responsible for 40% of calf deaths. The threat of Cryptosporidiosis is increasing every year.

Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a parasite called cryptosporidium and is usually seen in young calves in their second week. Regular symptoms of crypto in an infected calf are diarrhoea, dehydration, loss of appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Find out how to prevent this disease and how the Moocall Calving Sensor can play a part.

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Wipe out antibiotics on your organic farm with Moocall Calving sensor

2021-06-01T17:33:59+00:00April 5, 2018|Calving|

Organic farming may seem limiting, with certain medicines and fertilisers being banned, but that doesn’t mean modern technology can’t aid you in making it as efficient as possible!

Restrictions on antibiotics unless specially indicated for can make organic farming a risky business. But good stockmanship paired with our calving sensor is a huge asset can take the prospect of certain illnesses out of the equation early.

Simply being there as the calf comes out means that you can take the necessary steps to stop disease in its tracks before it begins. Because a calf’s immune system is nearly non-existent, any intervention you make have a massive effect on the calf’s development in the future.

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Calving in frost and snow: everything you need to know

2021-06-01T17:43:21+00:00February 26, 2018|Calving|

Calving can be touch and go at the best of times, let alone in wintry weather like frost and snow.

Keeping calves warm as soon as they hit the ground is paramount.

Here are a few ways you can do just that.

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Five most common reasons for calf mortality – and how Moocall can help

2021-06-01T17:43:34+00:00February 23, 2018|Calving|

The costliest part of calving season is not getting a calf at all. Calf mortality is one of the biggest expenses in the agriculture industry.

Minimising the cost of this is important, and it helps to know just what you're up against. Here are the 5 most common calving deaths that occured last spring according to Teagasc:

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Why a new calf needs a tidy shed

2021-03-02T14:31:55+00:00February 21, 2018|Calving|

The most efficient cattle operations never consider tidy housing a waste of time. Washing, tidying and maintaining a hygienic cattle shed has financial, health and time benefits down the line.

Here are the reasons it is particularly important for calves to have a tidy shed.

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What NOT to do when reviving your newborn calf

2021-03-02T14:31:55+00:00February 21, 2018|Calving|

Sometimes when a calf is born, often after a difficult birth, they have difficulty breathing at first.

There are a number of things you can do to help in this case: 'christening' them, 'hanging' the calf, stimulating their nostrils with a bit of straw, and more.

However, while you may intervene to help the calf, there are things you can do that could potentially harm them too.

Here are some tips to avoid that.

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Uterine prolapses and a Vaginal prolapses in cattle

2021-03-02T14:31:55+00:00February 20, 2018|Calving|

A prolapse is the slipping forward or down of a part or organ of the body.

Uterine and Vaginal are both relatively common prolapses to occur at calving time. Here is a breakdown on both and what they mean to a beef producer.

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Why feeding at night could offset calving

2021-03-02T14:31:56+00:00February 14, 2018|Calving|

Monitoring your herd at calving time is of paramount importance if you’re looking to wipe out calf mortality.

However, this can be difficult when you’ve only got 24 hours in the day and your cows could begin calving at any moment.

However, this one little trick could help it happen at the right time. Feed your calvers at night.

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Twin Calves – what to expect when you’re expecting

2021-03-02T14:31:56+00:00February 12, 2018|Calving|

Getting twins instead of a single calf seems twice as good on the face of it, but as with most things, there’s a catch. Breeding for twins isn’t for everyone, but it can suit some operations. Here are the pros weighed up against the cons.

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