A NORTH Wales vet will be sharing advice and best practices with farmers on calving and cattle health in a free webinar held by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) in March.

On Monday, March 8, at 7:30 pm, Dyfrig Williams, a vet at Wern Veterinary Surgeons will be joining the Stoc+ team to discuss cattle health during calving time.

Stoc+, a flock and herd health project led by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), is one strand of the Red Meat Development Programme (RMDP), a five-year Welsh Government and European Union-funded initiative aiming to enhance the red meat sector in Wales. The project works with farmers and their vets to promote proactive flock and herd health management.
Many of the beef farms on Stoc+ project are preparing for calving, and Dyfrig Williams will be sharing some health advice to reduce complications during the calving season.

Dyfrig Williams explains, “Cattle’s body condition score (BCS) needs to be monitored all year round, however, it is crucial that they have the correct BCS at calving as over or under conditioned cows tend to struggle more with their calving which could result in complications and possibly a lethargic calf.

“Once the cow has calved, farmers should ensure that the calf receives the recommended amount of colostrum within the first couple of hours of birth. Ensuring that the cow is up to date with her vaccinations will ensure that the calf receives essential nutrients from the colostrum, and will receive crucial immunity against disease through the antibodies.

“If you suspect that the cattle aren’t performing as they should, consider contacting your vet to discuss further.”

Registration is essential for the webinar and can be done via the HCC website. The webinar will be conducted bilingually and simultaneous translation will be available.