Category: Animal health issues

Eliminate the stress on your livestock when going to an event

It is important to eliminate factors that can make your animals stress during the show season. Whether your animal is seasoned to the show circuit or if it is their first time stepping out in the show ring, stress can affect your animal’s performance in a negative way. Travelling to a field day, show or …

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Drought in Northern Australia

Where is the rain? Whilst many Southern areas in Australia are waiting for their winter rains, approximately 66% of Queensland remains drought-declared. 2017 has seen the second driest June to be recorded for Australia; which has had an impact on the quality of grasses available for cattle in Northern Australia. With limited rains, producers need …

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Phosphorus deficiency in livestock

Phosphorus deficiency is a major problem in Australia, especially Northern Australia where it has been estimated that 70% of the soils are deficient in Phosphorus. It has been found that soils, where phosphorus is most commonly deficient, are in tropic and sub-tropic environments.   View Our Latest Blog on Phosphorus Here   Here at Beachport …

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Queensland Country Life article ‘Quilpie works mulga magic’

It’s been a long time since substantial rain fell on Stewart and Tracy Sargent’s 49,000-hectare beef property Granville, 65km north of Quilpie. With just 150mm of their 325mm average annual recorded in 2013, the Sargents are certainly living in one of the regions hardest hit by the current drought. But the ability of their Droughtmaster …

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Lower the Stress of Weaning Time – Calmer Cattle are More Productive

Weaning is naturally a stressful time for both cows and calves; if high stress is endured throughout the weaning process this can affect the health of the weaner. If a weaner is highly stressed this can compromise their immune system, which may allow bacteria into their systems, resulting in illness and disease. Another important factor …

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Creating your best beef herd for the future

It’s that time of year again – calving time! Well, it is for producers who calve in autumn… Even though most producers would be busy checking calving mob, you should have already been thinking about what sire/sires you plan on using to join to in the coming weeks. Sire selection for the future As a …

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A rare green tinge: How a wet season can affect your livestock

I have been in the Australian livestock industry for over 45 years. During that time, I’ve been very fortunate to have travelled extensively throughout Australia. Though, in the past February, I’ve noticed something that I’ve never before seen at this time of year. In the middle of February, myself and Beachport Liquid Minerals new WA Regional …

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Why BLM Horse Supplements Are Now More Accessible Than Ever

Whether you’re campdrafting, mustering or riding for pleasure, you’ll understand the importance of giving your horse a chance to recover. Long days of exercise can take their toll on your horses and can result in dehydrated and stressed animals. BLM’s Red Cap product is a liquid horse supplement that is specially designed to provide the …

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What you need to know about liquid supplements for livestock

Producers have known for years that one of the best ways to achieve a noticeable improvement in livestock nutrition and health is to use supplements. Seasonal variations in pasture quality mean that using supplements for livestock increases the profitability and performance of farms. Our sales team speaks to a wide variety of producers in Australia, …

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It never rains, but it pours: Managing livestock nutrition from green to dry

As our CEO, Kym, was driving through rural Australia recently, he was struck by how unbelievable the recent season has been. Regular rainfall has benefitted farms and towns across the country, with perfect crops and green pasture to be seen everywhere. Especially for South Australian and Western Australian producers, the 2016 winter season has provided …

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When dust turns to puddles – Managing increased lamb worm burdens in the wet

It’s been an especially wet season for many of our clients. Increased pasture levels can be seen in most states across Australia. As a producer, you’ll already know that increased moisture coincides with an increased risk of internal parasites in livestock. Eggs laid predominately by Haemonchus and Trichostrongylus (more commonly known as Black Scour Worm) …

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Selenium deficiency in sheep: causes, symptoms and treatment

Selenium is a crucial element in the diet of animals. It works in conjunction with vitamin E in relation to a variety of important bodily needs, like preventing and repairing cell damage, supporting growth and fertility, and is involved in immune functions. When ewes and lambs aren’t able to get enough selenium or vitamin E …

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Maximising livestock opportunities – Far North Queensland

While some producers around Australia are starting their spring preparations, cattlemen in Far North Queensland know that traditional seasons don’t mean a lot in the top end. Extensive rain is unusual in winter for Queensland, but 2016 has certainly been a change in tradition. Every drought breaks eventually, but it’s impossible to predict when you …

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Merino breeders: Avoid common issues affecting wool production

The standard of Australia’s Merino wool is known as the highest in the world. The excellent quality of Merino wool has been honed by hundreds of years of farming expertise and superior breeding – resulting in the strong, fine wool that has become one of the world’s most useful textiles. To maintain a consistently high …

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Combating Grass Tetany (Hypomagnesemia)

Many livestock producers face animal health issues associated with trace element deficiencies. One of the most common issues we hear about is low magnesium, resulting in grass tetany. What is Grass Tetany? Grass tetany comes in two forms. The simple form is a magnesium deficiency in the diet. The complex form occurs when other elements …

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