Time to check in with our vets
Local Land Services Western Region vets Charlotte Cavanagh and Sophie Hemley.
Why you should be carrying an emergency kit
What would you do if you had 50 head of sheep collapse when you were mustering?
This is not an uncommon scenario when sheep are under stress with a possible worm burden, are heavily pregnant or fly struck.
Have you thought about putting together an emergency kit?
An emergency kit doesn’t have to be big, nor expensive, however in the heat of the day it may be just what saves your valuable livestock.
What should you include in the kit?
- 4-in-1 under the skin injection and spare large bore needles. This is the 'wonder' injection that contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucose and helps to treat metabolic conditions such as milk fever, grass tetany and low sugar levels. This injection is given under the skin, normally over the ribs. Give 70-100 mL/sheep at once.
- Electrolytes for oral drench for ewes with pregnancy toxaemia (twin lamb disease, lambing sickness) usually within the last two months of gestation. Vytrate liquid concentrate, ketol or ceton are examples of oral electrolytes.
- A disinfectant and hand scrubbing brush, such as a 10 per cent iodine scrub or Dettol, for decontamination of wounds, cuts, abrasions or foot abscesses.
- Extinosad spray for immediate treatment of fly strike, mulesing and other wounds.
- WormTest kit, available from Local Land Services Western Region vets.
- Keep your local veterinarian and our numbers in your phone!
We hope you find this information useful and if you wish to discuss anything further just give us a call.
Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021 or Sophie Hemley, Broken Hill, 0417 248 135.