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Beef Cattle Health Updates, Advice and Tips from Devoted Vets

Pain relief and antiinflammatory injections for beef cattle:

In cases of mastitis, calving injury, lameness and other causes of pain, pain relief and a reduction in inflammation (swelling, redness, heat, loss of function) can make life easier for cows, and also be of great advantage to beef farmers. In cases of lameness, less pain results in greater mobility, more time spent grazing or interacting, reduced weight loss, and a reduction in milk production losses. In the case of mastitis, as you can imagine, a reduction in pain assists in better milk letdown, and a reduction in inflammation - especially swelling. Reduced swelling results in better removal of infected milk, and better access for antibiotic treatments given into the udder or into the muscle.

Pain relief is a critical part of improving the well-being of beef cattle.

An example of pain relieving, antiinflammatory drugs is meloxicam, available as a premium medication backed by research, and as a generic medication.

The dose in both preparations is 2.5ml/100kgs meloxicam injected under the skin in front of the shoulder. The meat withhold is 8 days. The drug does not have an ESI established for cattle, so users are advised to contact the manufacturer in 02 9677 9000 regarding the ESI.

Contact Devoted Vets, Warragul Vet Clinic, West Gippsland on 03 5623 2525 for more information regarding the use and price of these treatments. Devoted Vets at Warragul Vet Clinic, for beef farmers in West Gippsland.