Tips for Rx -- Preventative Care
Our approach is to supplement animals in advance of anticipated metabolic disorders to avoid “treatment” and lost productivity due to illness and/or disorders. We want to strategically intervene on a timely basis on those animals that have a high likelihood of metabolic disorders. Examples cows that have twins or are extremely over weight have a high probability of having metabolic disorders, so we want to intervene with supplementation in advance of them calving. Similarly, all calves in some herds have a high probability of having scours and/or pneumonia, so we want to supplement shortly after they are born to build their immune systems.
We encourage you prior to supplementation to evaluate and shore up BMPs.
The first critical step is self-evaluation. We then like to engage all team members in developing a plan to correct the deficient areas. We call it a BMPs Improvement Plan Our approach encourages you to define specific actions and assign responsibilities for securing the improvement. (put a “contact us” link here) We have forms that will help facilitate the process: Best “Management Practices Self-evaluation” and a “Best Management Practices Improvement Plan”
Conventional wisdom of treatment is to wait and hope that we detect metabolic problems as soon as they occur and then respond with treatment. We want to avoid such losses and risks of serious illness by anticipating when there is a high probability of a problem occurring and intervene then with supplementation.
If an animal’s immune system is healthy and we deal with the acute symptom of inflammation, then the body has a high probability of being able to deal with the metabolic problems without antibiotics. Inflammation is at the root of all metabolic problems. Anti-inflammatory drugs seriously affect the immune system. M4A not only does not negatively impact the immune system it actually enhances it while being very effective at reducing the inflammation.
Today there are numerous methods and tools to use to drench or pump an animal. You probably have your favorite way and favorite tool. It does not take much time or effort if you use the right tools and right approach
Proper measuring and simplicity of the entire process is important and very easily achieved. If an animal is eating well and you are locking up the animals, then you can simply put the M4A liquid on the feed in front of the animal. If there are a significant number of animals, segregation into a separate or appropriate groups reduces the amount of time to find and supplement the animal. High SCC count cows are frequently put in the last group to be milked. If yours are not managed that way, consider putting all those that you plan to supplement in that group for the 3-5 days while they are being supplemented. Mark them with a crayon mark across their foreheads or a nylon wire tie in their ear tag so they can be easily found and identified for supplementation drenching.
With proper identification and advance planning two people working together can drench 20 cows in about 5-10 minutes.
Detailed supplementation protocols with exact diagnosis identification, route of administration, dosage, frequency and duration are all clearly defined. They are available upon request.