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.
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) is satisfied with both the sheep and beef industries’ approaches to breeding with respect to animal welfare issues.
Innovation is long overdue in mastitis management to protect New Zealand farmers’ global leadership in dairying, says an academic.
Farmers are getting a push to use the “masses of science” available in New Zealand to improve their profitability.
Almost $1 million will go to projects aimed at combating animal diseases from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund.
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.
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.
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