Calves should be fed at the same time each day to minimise stress.

To set up a dairy cow for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start. Extra effort now will pay dividends throughout her milking life.

Whangarei dairy farmers Murray and Helen Jagger.

Jersey dairy farmers can add value to their business with selective Jersey-cross beef breeding and promoting the eating qualities of that meat, says Whangarei Jersey dairy farmer Murrary Jagger.

Richard Sides.

Copper deficiency is again stalking New Zealand’s cattle, brought on by traditional pastoral deficiency and shifts in farming practices over the past two decades.

Greg Jarratt.

Within the next several weeks, farmers with spring calving herds will start drafting up springer mobs. This action allows closer monitoring and management of cows that are near calving and entering the transition period.

Dr Peter Blaikie.

Good onfarm animal management will be essential if plans to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis are to succeed, the New Zealand Veterinary Association says.

Going for eradication of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is “absolutely” the sensible choice, says Professor Frank Griffin, founder of the Otago veterinary diseases laboratory Disease Research Ltd.

With dry off date just around the corner for the vast majority of spring calving herds, it is easy to assume the next few months leading up to spring presents an opportunity to relax and take a breather. 

Last month I wrote about the likely impact of this growing season on maize silage quality, i.e. that relatively short plants will produce big cobs and therefore produce more starch. It appears this is exactly what has happened on many farms.

Dealing with the adverse effects of selenium deficiency is a reality for many dairy farmers, with some completely unaware of its effects, says Trina Parker, country manager for BEC Feed Solutions.

The VetSouth veterinary practice at Winton, Southland is still coming across clients unaware of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, says director and vet Mark Bryan.


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