THREE COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE TO BE WON
We are now into week three
of the FW/Merial Christmas
competition. Just read the
text, answer the question on
this page and keep the
answer in a safe place. Then
use it to fill in the coupon
that will appear in next
weeks FW (Jan 4). Three
lucky readers will win a
£2500 computer and
FLUKE cause a disease that is found in many regions of the country, one that can even be brought on to the farm when buying-in stock from fluke infected areas.
So, what should farmers do to try to keep the disease at bay?
When fluke have been diagnosed previously on your farm, or when you have brought in stock that might be infected, you should evaluate their treatment and management history, and discuss control options with your vet.
If you are only going to treat once in a year, the best time, undoubtedly, is at housing. This will cover the time when cattle typically suffer from the disease, winter and spring, and it will also ensure that they do not spread the disease on pasture when the cattle go out in the spring.
When animals are out-wintered, additional treatments over winter may be necessary because stock may pick up more fluke while grazing.
And do not forget that housing is an important time to treat your cattle for worms and external parasites such as lice and mange, making sure they are clean for the winter.
In an American study of beef heifers over a four-year period, there were significant benefits in weight gains, pregnancy rates and weaning weights of calves when the heifers were treated for all three types of parasites – fluke, worms and external parasites – compared with treating only for fluke, or for worms and external parasites only.
Parasites such as fluke require constant vigilance if they are not to become abundant and cause serious losses in stock. Carefully timed treatments, allied with appropriate grazing and animal management, can help to limit the impact of this disease.
What treatment regime is likely to give the most productivity benefits?
A – Fluke only
B – Worms and external parasites
C – Fluke, worms and external parasites
Keep a copy of your answer and use it to fill in the coupon in the Jan 4 issue
IVOMEC Super is the only wormer that kills liver fluke, as well as worms and external parasites in a single injection.
IVOMEC Super kills more types of parasites than any other injectable. As well as helping to make sure your cattle are clear of worms, lice and mange for the winter, IVOMEC Super is proven to control fluke throughout the winter with a single injection at housing, or 4-6 weeks later.
Merial AH Limited, POBox 327, Harlow, Essex CM19 5TG
¿IVOMEC and the cattle steerhead are registered trademarks of Merial
PRIZE winners will receive a Hewlett Packard Celeron 900 PC, 128Mb, 20Gb (or similar package) mini tower, cd sound lan, modem and 17in monitor in addition to one of NMRs unique software packages.
NMRs dairy herd management system – impelPRO – will revolutionalise the way you manage your herd information. The package comes complete with the health module, incorporating an electronic medicine book and farm assurance compliant reports – ensuring you stay legal. The movements module is also included with benefits such as herd movement summary, passport application via email, BCMS application status and much more.
InterPremium Plus provides an efficient and user-friendly platform for the management of all livestock premium schemes and maintenance of all statutory on farm records. Using this package will help avoid costly errors in subsidy claims, ensure all deadlines are adhered to and at the same time, meet all the legislative requirements for herd registers, continuous herd records and medicine records. Setting up the system is simple and animal details may now be downloaded directly from the BCMS web-site to populate the program.
READ THE RULES
1. How are the prizes of a computer and software to be won? Read the text and then study the question that will be published in each of the FW issues of Dec 14, Dec 21, Dec 28 and Jan 4. There will be a chance to answer all four questions and complete the tie-breaker in the coupon that will appear in the Jan 4 issue.
2. The prize is one of three Hewlett Packard Celeron 900 PCs plus NMRs impelPRO and Interpremium Plus livestock software. No cash alternatives are available.
3. The decision of the judges and of the editor of farmers weekly will in all matters be final and legally binding.
4. The completed entry forms are the property of farmers weekly and Merial.
5. The competition is open to all farmers, farm managers and contractors in Great Britain.
6. Closing date for receiving completed coupons is Fri, Jan 18. They should be addressed to: farmers weekly/Ivomec Competition, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS.