New Zealand has “good smarts” in primary industry innovation, but needs to ramp it up, says Argenta managing director and co-founder Dr Doug Cleverly.
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.
David and Colleen Fagan, of Northland, take pride in the quality of the milk their cows produce, reports MSD Animal Health NZ.
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.
Parasites in sheep will become more of a problem for New Zealand farmers as temperatures rise with climate change, says AgResearch principal scientist John McEwan.
Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is a surprisingly common viral disease of cattle and other ruminants.
The most costly problems on dairy farms are linked to oxidative stress, say two visiting animal health experts.
Greg Ault’s Holstein herd ranks in Australia’s top 10% but he doesn’t use the most expensive bulls.
With NIWA signalling warm, wet conditions across the North Island over December, farmers are being encouraged to take preventive measures against facial eczema (FE).
A race car with the best engine is never going to win unless the tyres allow it to get power to the ground, and dairy cows should be looked at in a similar light, says ‘The Hoofman’ – Johan Buys.
Farmers need to have a robust facial eczema (FE) prevention plan in place, says animal health company Agritrade.
The future reproductive and lactation performance of your herd relies on the optimal management of heifers from birth.
Feedback from farmers is crucial to DairyNZ, helping it respond to farmers’ needs and fine-tune resources. A case in point is its facial eczema workshop.
From next dairy season CRV Ambreed will offer genetics that will guarantee the birth of polled calves.
During lactation, cows can become infected with contagious or environmental mastitis bacteria.
Body condition score (BCS) will increasingly be adopted as a measure in welfare assurance schemes, so scoring must be accurate throughout the BCS range, say DairyNZ’s Chris Leach and Jacqueline McGowan.
Recently there has been an increased dairy industry focus on getting more out of pasture.
If you were to look at the range of lamb daily growth rates on sheep farms in New Zealand you would find a huge range from as low as 80g to 350g+/lamb/day.
Dogs can be taught a lot of different commands, more than you would think; the thing to remember prior to training is to run through in your mind their other commands to make sure they all sound different.
A one-day free seminar on selenium next month in Hamilton will present data on boosting animal health and productivity, says the organiser, BEC Feed Solutions.
New frozen embryo technology could revolutionise dairy breeding techniques in Australia.
Farmers can no longer simply buy the cheapest drench, assume it is doing a good job of killing worms and not consider the longer term implications, says Jo Houlter, veterinary technical advisor, MSD Animal Health.
A new dairy conversion is a vote of confidence in the dairy industry by farmer Peter Schouten, of Swannanoa, North…
Fonterra chairman John Wilson says overseas milk suppliers could be allowed to own shares in the co-op.
A time-saving strategy is to shorten the milking time for up to 20% of the herd, says DairyNZ scientist Dr…
The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…
Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes after a trial…
Nicky Hutchinson “never dreamed” of becoming ‘The Boss’.