Phone : 0408 717 814
Toowoomba ~ Queensland
|Things to consider before buying cattle :
* Tick control – even if you have not seen ticks on your farm, you may
still live in a cattle tick zone. It is essential to talk to your local vet or DPI
stock officer about what treatment you need to give your cattle.
Ticks can make cattle very sick and in some cases can kill them. Our farm
is in a tick free area so our cattle have not been treated for ticks.
* Lantana, oleander, poisonous weeds etc. – check your paddocks for
lantana, oleander and any other poisonous weeds that the cattle will have
access to. You will need to eradicate the weeds so that the cattle cannot
eat them and potentially become sick or die.
* Fencing – it is advisable to have good fencing for miniature cattle, both
to protect them and to eliminate any chance of them wandering.
* Shade, Shelter and Water - cattle need shade, especially in summer.
This can either be provided by trees or a man made structure such as a
shed or stable. It is also essential for cattle to have access to a clean,
reliable source of water. They drink a lot especially in hot, dry weather. If
you don't have a trough, an old bath or similar container is fine, but it is a
good idea to connect a float valve so that the water supply is automatic
and will not run out if you are away or forget to check the water daily.
* Area available for grazing – a paddock full of lush grass can very
quickly vanish when you put livestock in there. Check with your local DPI
stock officer or your neighbours about how many cattle you can run on
your farm or acreage block. If you overstock your country you will run out
of grass and it could cost you a lot to hand feed your cattle. Overstocking
can also cause serious damage (such as erosion) to your country which can
take years to repair. Consider also the amount of land that is taken up by
things such as a house, sheds, yards, dams, driveways, etc and is therefore
unavailable for grazing by your stock.
* Parasites – your cattle will need to have regular treatment for internal
and external parasites (such as intestinal worms, lice etc). This is a simple
process involving a treatment poured along the cattle’s back which soaks
into their bloodstream and kills most parasites.
* Vaccination – cattle need a yearly vaccination to protect against
diseases such as tetanus and black leg. This is an injection which you can
administer yourself or have done by your local vet.
* Cattle on neighbouring farms – are there cattle on properties close to
yours? If so, are there bulls that may cause a problem with your cows and
* Property Identification Code – every property has a PIC number. You
will need to find out what yours is before you purchase any livestock. Ring
your local DPI to enquire about your PIC code or check the DPI website.
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