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Heifers with stunted development.

Visited a client in County Limerick who presented a group of heifers which had stunted development. He tried to explain that the animals had been affected with pi3. He had no vaccination programme in place. High anti-body levels for BVD and IBR no vaccination programme in place. While I questioned him on the nutrition of the cows, he informed me that he had no dry cow mineral supplement. Everything came down to minimizing costs but no understanding in place in terms of ground rules for effective immune system support. I suggested that he get silage and milk analysis completed for the full profile of major minerals associated with overall health in the herd. I also explained to him as an example that copper was involved in the last 50 various enzmagic reactions in the body and that limiting intake of copper would have some detrimental effects on an immune system function, thereby allowing the establishment of other diseases in the herd. A message from this is treating the fire without addressing the underlying problems will only quench the fire for a short period Dr.Dan @ www.cows365.com

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