If you are getting ready for calving or lambing soon, there will no doubt be many jobs on the list to do. Getting calf pens filled with saw dust and shavings, looking at bringing cows back to the farm if they have been grazed off, sorting your colostrum mobs out (up here we tend to calve early) and looking after your herd while their dry.
There are many homeopathic remedies you can use over this time and below we have made a list of remedies that are good to help in the preparation for calving.
Six weeks out from calving you need to start putting Caulophyllum and Cal / Mag in the water trough 2-3 times a week. This is best done 6 weeks prior to calving, as it gives the remedy time to assist the body.
Caulophyllum is a great remedy for preparing and toning the uterus for the up and coming calving. We all want our cows to have an easy calving, it is especially good for first time calvers and cows that have had trouble previously.
Cal / Mag is a homeopathic blend and helps a cow assimilate the calcium and magnesium they get in their food, to assist with reducing the risk of milk fever. Many farmers find this an invaluable remedy and use it all year round.
Ignatia, Aconite and Arnica are great remedies if you are transporting animals. Ignatia helps with the emotional upset. Aconite helps with the fear and fright. Arnica helps with the bruising, as they can be jostled around in the truck. Cows are creatures of habit, so being moved from where they are, filed through cattle yards, put on to trucks and being confined for a period of time, can be a stressful and physically traumatic event. Any stress and anxiety lowers the immune system and increases the susceptibility to disease. So by using these remedies will help the cow deal with the stress, recover well and bounce back in no time. Can be given daily for a week after the event.
Rotovirus can be something that is a problem in many cows and flow on to huge problem in calf rearing. So giving your herd the rotorvirus nosode a couple of times a year is a good way to help reduce the risk. Do daily for 1 week: at 3 months, 2 months and 1 month leading up to calving.
Follow on to our calving blog to see what remedies are best to help over calving time.
Posted: Fri 12 Jun 2020