David Dugdale has been farming for over 38 years and runs a 2,000 acre, mixed arable and dairy farm supplying food brands, including Quaker Oats. His 400-strong cross-breed dairy herd includes Friesians and Jersey Crosses.
Using boluses as a method of disease prevention is something that David has done for the past 25 years and he is a firm believer in maintaining animal health through nutritional management.
David’s herd was suffering from mineral deficiencies, which varied depending on weather conditions and grass growth. They had the classic symptoms of white muscle disease, were un-thrifty and some were retaining their placentas after calving.
David says: “Blood tests showed that there were inconsistencies in selenium and copper and after talking to other farmers and our vet, we decided to use Agrimin’s boluses, which even 25 years ago were technically advanced in the marketplace. These boluses provide an extremely efficient technology and are now a standard part of my herd management, pretty much completely eliminating the occurrence of metabolic disease. Preventing illness rather than waiting to treat it when it’s arrived is a considerably more cost-effective and efficient way to manage the herd’s welfare.”
“I also believe that with farming likely to be moving towards less-intensive practice it will become essential to treat herds with boluses. Options relying on extended periods of housing for their administration, such as free access minerals, drenches and pastes will become inefficient. A bolus can be administered in around 20 seconds. It’s quick and easy and less stressful for the animal. Once this is done you can turn out the herd and quite simply forget about it knowing that the key health considerations have been taken care of.”
David Dugdale was a director at Dairy Crest until 2007 and was winner of Genus Plc’s Mastitis Manager of the year award in 1997.
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