Assaf Sol.

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.

Jamie Haultain, DairyNZ gives a presentation at Clevedon on setting sensible BSC targets.

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.

 
 
 
Around 80% of New Zealand’s dairy and beef herds have been exposed to BVD.

Almost $1 million will go to projects aimed at combating animal diseases from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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.

Irrigated pastures grow grass and provide the perfect environment for parasites: shade, moisture and warmth – conditions which allow parasites to thrive.

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.

Does your herd have adequate levels of trace minerals?

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.

The most costly problems on dairy farms are linked to oxidative stress, say two visiting animal health experts.

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.

 

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