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Health of beef cattle


Calves in fieldGood breeding, calf rearing, grassland management, winter feeding, housing and biosecurity are essential to maintaining good health in beef animals throughout their lives.

Chapter 42 of the Teagasc Beef Manual Significant diseases of beef cattle (pdf) covers some of the common diseases affecting older beef cattle. This includes their causes, how to recognise them, how to prevent them and what to do if the diseases do occur on the farm.

Stomach worms and lungworm are the two main parasites of calves, and older cattle, at grass. A thorough dosing regime is required for effective managemet of worm infestation. More information on parasitic worm control in calves can be found here.