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Give Weaner Heifers 
a Great Start

Techniques
Vaccination Tips
Beef

How to get your weaner heifers off to a great start

Nutrition

A key factor in fertility

  • Optimise pasture growth
  • Use supplements when needed, e.g. selenium improves reproductive efficiency and helps achieve high conception rates

Parasite control

Drench with a treatment effective against the worm species in your area at weaning and drench again 3–4 weeks prior to joining

Prevent parasites with Dectomax®

  • Dectomax has persistent activity against the five major worms
  • Dectomax Injectable provides reliable dosing and controls cattle tick for up to 28 days
  • Dectomax Pour-on is convenient and easy to administer with a nil milk withholding period
  • Dectomax treated cattle outperformed untreated cattle by 24 kilograms over 140 days2

Vaccination

Protect the reproductive performance of your weaners

Vaccinate with the second dose of Ultravac® 7in1

  • Protect your weaners from the five major deadly clostridial diseases
  • Stop the spread of leptospirosis – the only vaccine that prevents urinary shedding of leptospirosis bacteria into the environment when used prior to natural exposure
  • Protect you, your family and your workers from the flu like symptoms of leptospirosis

Weight gain monitoring

Weigh and monitor to achieve growth targets

  • Weigh heifers every 6 weeks after weaning. Adjust management practices if needed based on results
  • Monitor your heifers’ feeding requirements

Weaning Checklist

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Plan ahead to achieve critical mating weight for your heifers
Manage and control worms – drench with Dectomax
Vaccination program – Second dose Ultravac 7in1 (first dose should be administered to calves at 6 weeks, or can begin from 4 weeks of age which is recommended in high risk properties)
Cull unsuitable types

References

  1. Zoetis Repro Active Tech Note, Critical Mating Weights, 2014. Zoetis Data on File.
  2. Data on file, Study 2239A-60-95-156 

Further Reading

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