Milk fever,Ca bolus

A calcium bolus contains 10 times more calcium than a bottle contains but is it sufficient to get a cow up which is down with milk fever. I always put a bottle in the vein to get them up quick just incase the bolus is not enough, thoughts please, seems to be milk fever season here with cows calving on grass with no buffer feeding of silage yet as nothing housed and as the weather is good,nothing housed to October possibly
 
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East Mids
A calcium bolus contains 10 times more calcium than a bottle contains but is it sufficient to get a cow up which is down with milk fever. I always put a bottle in the vein to get them up quick just incase the bolus is not enough, thoughts please, seems to be milk fever season here with cows calving on grass with no buffer feeding of silage yet as nothing housed and as the weather is good,nothing housed to October possibly
Can't comment as don't use the boluses but I suspect your grass has too much potash in it.
 
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Use Bovikalc here ,not 100% but worth using.

Old, high risk cows 1 when they first show signs of calving, then 2 or even 3 more at 12 or 24 hr. intervals after calving.
Lower risk 1 post calving.
First and second calvers ,nothing.

Has massively reduced clinical milk fever and use of bottles. My understanding is they only give about 12 hours cover.
We do put Mag in water for 3 weeks prior to calving
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Never tryed a bolus on a cow which is down , always gone for a bottle ( No. 5 40% ) always wondered about chocking if they are down.
If you are getting alot then try a bolus before calving,, but not too long before.
 
A calcium bolus contains 10 times more calcium than a bottle contains but is it sufficient to get a cow up which is down with milk fever. I always put a bottle in the vein to get them up quick just incase the bolus is not enough, thoughts please, seems to be milk fever season here with cows calving on grass with no buffer feeding of silage yet as nothing housed and as the weather is good,nothing housed to October possibly
If they are already down it is probably too late for the bolus. As already said mag flakes in water a good prevention, bolus 12- 24 hours before calving if you can be that accurate, we only feed hay in the calving pen.
Have started using the boluses from G Shepherd quite a bit cheaper that Bovikalc and we didn't find a noticeable difference other than they can shatter if they hit concrete when dropped.
 

Martyn

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Location
South west
What rate of mag flakes to people use in a 150l trough? Iv never used them befor and don't have many issues with MF but if it prevents the odd one I'm up for trying it.
 
If that runs out, 48 hours later we get retained cleansing
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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