With weaner parasite control being one of the most crucial management interventions for beef operations, leading animal health company Virbac has partnered with Elders Rural Services to run a week-long educational roadshow through country Victoria and South Australia.
Hosted by Virbac Australia's technical services manager Dr Matthew Ball and Elders Livestock production manager Rob Inglis, the roadshow visited Yea and Euroa on September 10.
The roadshow's mission has been to highlight strategic parasite management and product usage for optimal cattle production.
According to Meat & Livestock Australia, internal parasite infestation is one of the most significant diseases faced by red meat producers in Australia.
Calves are highly susceptible to worms, being yet to develop immunity — so burdens will typically be at their peak during this time.
“The roadshow is a great opportunity for cattle producers and veterinarians to improve their knowledge and understanding of best practice weaner management and product usage, to help control these highly damaging parasites," Mr Inglis said.
The Yea and Euroa events covered topics including the latest industry research and findings relating to weaner health and wellbeing, along with optimal drenching product strategies and end benefits.
Dr Ball revealed some valuable insights, explaining that the way a young heifer was cared for in both parasite control and nutrition would determine fertility during its lifespan.
“Young cattle are much more prone to parasites than adult cattle, so we need to focus our best and most persistent drench treatments on these younger animals,” he said.
“We also need to use drenches at strategic times, because that helps to not only remove parasites from the animal, but also reduces contamination from the paddock."
To find out more about best practice weaner management, visit: au.virbac.com