Cows can be very protective of their calves and see people as a threat.
Dairy and beef farmers are being asked to help develop frameworks to control the disease bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD).
An automated RFID heat detection system developed in New Zealand has delivered the best-ever mating result for a Waikato farmer.
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.
Calving season is around the corner and now is the time to start planning and preparing.
The old policy of filling gaps with PKE from September comes with its very own headache this season – the FEI issue.
A global animal health company says it is developing a novel methane inhibitor for cows’ rumens.
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.
The Bovine Light Mask uses light therapy to improve the production of cows in pastoral-based systems.
A trial of sexed semen at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm could result in gross income rising by at least $16,000.
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.
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.
Milk fever wastes time and massively stresses cows and farmers, says Taranaki farm consultant Pat Poletti.
Good onfarm animal management will be essential if plans to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis are to succeed, the New Zealand Veterinary Association says.
Hawke's Bay animal health supplier Animal Health Direct is further promoting its mineral tonic for calves launched in 2017.
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.
New Zealand's 4.8 million milking cows excrete 1000 tonnes of nitrogen a day in their urine, and 200 tonnes of this end up in groundwater, says CRV Ambreed.
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.
After 16 years experience of feeding fodder beet to his dairy cows, Brendon Woods says he would hate to be without it.
Thirty years ago who would have predicted that one of the many spin-offs of ‘Globalisation’ was the evolution of the kiwi palate?
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.
High empty rates had been a thorny issue on the Mahuta Ridge dairy farm, Hauraki Plains.