Planning and preparation make for a good calving season, says DairyNZ.
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.
Together with mastitis and infertility, lameness is one of the big three problems on many farms, says vet Neil Chesterton.
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.
Pests like mice and wasps may one day be killed off by a new technique now proven in laboratory tests on fruit flies.
A simple device underpinned by a complex algorithm can alert farmers via text message that a cow will calve within one hour.
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.
Providing pain relief when disbudding calves is not mandated by regulation but it is coming, says DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist Bruce Eyers.
In a first for the Agricultural Fieldays, New Zealand company BioBrew is showcasing CalfBrew, a live animal probiotic.
A combination pour-on that is rain resistant has been released by local company Alleva Animal Health.
I never really liked 2036. She was the wild one as a calf. Then as a heifer she had a “spooky” look in her eye and she was always the one who went the wrong way when trying to get a mob through a gate.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the buzzword in the animal health sector. In a series of articles, microbiologists Greg Cook and Adam Heikal explain AMR and look at how the agriculture sector should respond.
Stock could face increased risk of nitrate poisoning, say Ravensdown experts Jeremy Klingender and Dr Julie Wagner.
Canterbury farmer Assaf Sol is combating milk fever in his herd by supplementing magnesium in various ways, reports the supplier of Country Mile magnesium oxide dust.
Treating second year heifers like mixed aged cows is one of the main reasons they don’t get in calf again, DairyNZ South Auckland consulting officer Jamie Haultain says.
The dairy industry’s attitude towards antibiotics is being challenged, says mastitis management expert Steve Cranefield.
Innovation is long overdue in mastitis management to protect New Zealand farmers’ global leadership in dairying, says an academic.
The funding of research into facial eczema (FE) and bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), and better use of antimicrobials and disease management on dairy farms, has been boosted in the latest Sustainable Farming Fund round.
DairyNZ has put together in-depth tools and animations on how to milk efficiently while ensuring cow health.
‘The benefit of extended therapy for mastitis: myth or fact?’ was the topic at the third global milk quality expert forum.
Rearing young stock on single species grazing systems under irrigation may become very challenging as there is often no alternative species grazing to help reduce parasite burdens on the pasture.
Evaluation of what is an adequate level of trace minerals is generally based on population in sample analysis of large numbers of animals not dead or dying, and the resultant levels are deemed adequate.
Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is a surprisingly common viral disease of cattle and other ruminants.