Timaru farmer Peter Collins.

Pareora dairy farmer Peter Collins has paid tribute to the man at the centre of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak in helping him set up his huge new dairy barn system.

Don Shaw, CRV Ambreed AI technician.

AI technician Don Shaw (79) has been surrounded by dairy cows his entire life, bringing many calves into the world.

 
Hank Lina.

In the wake of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, one of New Zealand’s main bull semen suppliers is calling for an industry body to be set up to implement country-wide testing and biosecurity standards.

 
Vet Paul Daly

Wet spring weather is having “a huge impact” on the number of ‘dirty’ cows, says veterinarian Paul Daly, of Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Services, Dunsandel.

 
Unbreakable bottles

Animal health company Ceva Animal Health is introducing two anti-infectives to New Zealand, packaged in unbreakable bottles.

Kara Lok, DairyNZ.

Lower replacement rates and higher body weight/lower stocking rates are the two most effective of five available ways of cutting dairy greenhouse gas emissions, a scientist has told a workshop for rural professionals.

Beetling for healthy soils

Could using exotic dung beetles help address soil health and water quality issues in New Zealand? It’s an option with possibilities.

Nita Harding.

Early results from a Massey University study show animal vaccinations are effective in preventing leptospirosis shedding in NZ dairy cattle, reducing exposure to humans.

Latest addition – Rivendell GForce Axel.

Holstein Friesian New Zealand (HFNZ) says its joint sire proving programme with CRV Ambreed is breaking records.

Ideal growing conditions in many places — despite record autumn rains — have delayed cow culls, allowing some herd managers to optimise their herds for next season.

A new feeding programme designed by biotech company Alltech shows that with proper timing, nutrition can be a more powerful tool than genetic manipulation for controlling production, animal health and quality.

Last month we discussed the rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the increase in agricultural antimicrobial usage (up 67% by 2030 to 100,000 tons/year) and the threat of AMR to our health and food production.

A critical way to reduce the spread of disease from one season to the next is by removing soiled bedding and thoroughly cleaning a calf shed.

 

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