Higher body weights and lower stocking rates are two of the most effective ways of reducing dairy’s emissions.

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.

 
Unbreakable bottles

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

 
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.

A working dog can run as much as a half-marathon on any given day.

Bad nutrition in working dogs could be jeopardising farmers’ profits, says the head of a New Zealand company that recently launched a new food for working dogs.

 
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.

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.

 Josh Buckman with Hawke’s Bay farmers Mike and Caroline Ritsson-Thomas and dogs Fergie and Thai.

Farmers are buying a deer velvet supplement to give their working dogs zest and longevity, claims the maker, Gevir, of Havelock North.

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.

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

Lambing is looming closer and if you have a young dog that isn’t showing much enthusiasm for sheep take advantage of the window of opportunity this season offers.

Industry funded studies in New Zealand have shown that mid-pregnancy shearing can increase multiple-born lamb birthweight by up to 0.7 kg and lamb survival by 3 to 5%.

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.

 

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