It is important to ensure you take all available precautions to protect your cattle from disease, including vaccination and looking for any signs that their health has changed. Franklin Vets can advise you on the best disease management programme for your farm.

Parasite Control

Franklin Vets stock a wide range of combination products either as an oral, injectable or pour-on for Cooperia and Ostertagia parasites. Talk to us about drenching, timing and a treatment regime for your farm.

Pink Eye

Pink eye can occur in cattle of all ages. There are a number of seasonal environmental factors that contribute-wind, dust, strong sunlight and stalky vegetation. Franklin Vets offers a vaccination, antibiotic treatment and cornea surgery where necessary.


Ticks are most commonly seen in large numbers on livestock during the warmer months of the year. There are several different products available which should be used once ticks are visible or animals are rubbing. Franklin Vets recommends Bayticol for tick control.

Milk Fever

Milk Fever is the most common metabolic condition that usually occurs around three days either side of calving. In the early lactation stages, a high producing cow’s calcium requirements exceed her ability to mobilise calcium reserves (bones) and absorb enough calcium from the diet. Milk fever may be seen in cows of any age but it is more common in high producing dairy cows over five years of age.

Please contact you nearest Franklin Vets if you notice any of the following problems:

  • Staggering
  • Lying down with head and neck kinked back
  • Tremors
  • Hypothermia
  • Constipation.

Act immediately. If left untreated cows will die due to circulatory collapse and respiratory failure.

Grass Staggers

Grass Staggers occurs when the intake of magnesium is exceeded by its output. It is common in spring due to an increased requirement of magnesium for lactation and the decreased magnesium content of lush green pasture. Grass staggers is not just restricted to the first few days of lactation. As with all metabolic conditions, it is important to act fast. Contact Franklin Vets immediately if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Hyper-excitability and restlessness
  • Unsteadiness and lack of coordination
  • Over-alert appearance.

Grass staggers can occur in cattle, and ewes in late pregnancy.