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Vaccinate Dams against the cloistral diseases in good time to ensure protection of the progeny. Use other vaccines only after veterinary recommendation or based upon the previous years’ experience. Ensure good quality nutrition of the dams in last third of pregnancy, including attention to any extra mineral supplements that may be required.
The housing must be dry, well ventilated and drought-free. Remove any bedding or material from the previous year and pressure wash floors and walls with Farm Care Quat-Gard at a dilution of 1:500. Disinfect house with Farm Care Farm-Gard at a dilution of 1:200 just prior to introduction of the dams, allowing time to dry. Provide plenty of clean bedding to keep the progeny clean, dry and warm making sure that the bedding is neither dusty nor moldy.
All progeny must receive adequate colostrum within 12 hours of birth. It is absolutely vital that the massive bacterial build-up which begins as soon as the dams come indoors is controlled in order to prevent Watery Mouth, Scours and Navel and Joint Ill. This can be easily achieved by using Farm Care Viru-Gard at a dilution of 1:200 as a fine spray or mist several times daily — while the dams and progeny are still in the building. Keep all equipment clean; use Farm Care Viru-Gard at a dilution of 1:100 to clean and disinfect utensils. Make sure your hands are cleaned properly between births – use a germicidal soap.