Cattle Handlers camp for new mini Hereford owners

Have had a fantastic day at the cattle handlers camp 😀
The following ribbons were won by the Collins Family using the Nixon Family Miniature Herefords
Seb – fourth intermediate parade
Harriet -reserve champion junior judge , second junior judge, third junior parade
Monte- fourth junior parade
Richard – third senior judge, third senior parade

 

Mini Herefords For Sale December 2015

Many of our members have mini Herefords for sale, both horned and polled. There is also some miniature Hereford semen for sale.

Please check out our For Sale page here

You can see details of what semen is for sale here

Boomer Creek Miniature Herefords recently added more details on animals for sale here

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Pestivirus

Pestivirus (also known as BVDV – bovine viral diarrhoea virus) causes abortion, ill thrift in young animals, diarrhoea and respiratory disease.

Pestivirus is widespread throughout the Australian cattle population. About 70% of herds are actively infected with the virus. Infection of susceptible animals can cause a variety of diseases, some not apparent until well after the initial spread of the virus in a herd.

Clinical signs that would lead a producer to suspect pestivirus include:

  • Early-term abortion or embryonic loss.
  • Temporary infertility.
  • Increased susceptibility to other diseases.
  • Weak, stunted or deformed calves.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Respiratory disease.
  • Ill-thrift and wastage

There is an AgFact here, which lists various methods of control, including an annual vaccination (expensive) program.

Information on the required vaccination programme can be seen here

Cattle Tick

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Controlling and eradicating cattle ticks is extremely important to the viability of the cattle industry. Cattle ticks are the most serious external parasite of cattle in Australia. The tick can carry the disease ‘tick fever’, which can kill cattle and has the potential to cause significant economic damage to the beef cattle and dairy industries of NSW.

There is an AgFact on them here. The only method of control is dipping.

Cattle ticks can be seen at any time of the year, but they mainly occur from late spring to midwinter. The numbers found on cattle increase rapidly from summer to autumn, reaching a peak on the north coast of NSW in late autumn to early winter. They decline with the onset of colder weather.

How to identify cattle ticks can be seen here