The earlier start to this winter means that stock were clipped along their back earlier than normal. With hair growth controlled by day length, cattle are likely to have thicker coats now compared with normal. This will make re-clipping them even more beneficial, both in terms of improving intakes and performance as well as reducing the risk of pneumonia.
Basil Lowman, SAC Consulting Beef Specialist
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