Excellent herd health is the
objective of Indian Hill.
Our sheep and goats are kept in separate
pastures according to age and sex. All are given CD&T vaccines as well as
being on a CAE and CL prevention program. To control internal parasites
the FAMACHA system is first used, then a rotational worming system is
followed. Animals that continue to have a high parasite load are
eliminated from the herd. At birth all lambs and kids receive a high dose
of vitamins, probiotics and a shot of BoSe. At two months they begin
their vaccination schedule which continues with annual boosters.
Does in both the Dairy and Boer herd
get a grain ration daily and free choice minerals. Growing kids, after
weaning, receive alfalfa in the form of Chaffhaye. The amount of protein
in the grain is adjusted to meet their dietary needs during early growth,
if pregnant, or in milk and whether or not bred.
The commercial and registered Brangus
are kept apart and do not need the same care. Cows in the commercial herd
are on rotational grazing. Supplementation in the form of minerals year
round, hay and a liquid that is a by-product from the citrus industry is
offered in the winter months. The registered herd is tested, vaccinated
and wormed on a schedule set by our attending veterinarian. Along with
free choice minerals year round they are also supplemented with protein
tubs and hay during the winter. Any additional nutrition is provided with
ADM Alliance Nutrition products to young bulls and heifers.