It is no secret that the reproductive performance of any herd is very closely associated with the overall financial outcome of the farming enterprise.
The key to a successful mating period starts with accurately determining when a cow is on heat.
Each year about 900 of LIC’s qualified AB technicians (AB techs) visit farms in their local area, artificially inseminating thousands of cows between September and January.
Mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary gland.
First calvers are more prone to mastitis than older cows. According to DairyNZ, farmers must choose a strategy that best suits their herd, farm team, and budget.
New Zealand farmers can now assess the potential impact and investment of plantain using OverseerFM.
BVD is a common but devastating viral infection of cattle in New Zealand, explains Dr Amanda Kilby.
A Waikato farmer has been fined $3,900 for not registering 152 cattle under the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.
Southland has reached a landmark zero cases of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis but the Government says this isn’t the time for complacency.
An 18-year-old dairy cow in North Canterbury has achieved a rare accolade.
Regenerative agriculture is gaining momentum in New Zealand pastoral farming, says Southland based humates company Southern Humates.
DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says the joint decision three years ago to eradicate Mycoplamsa bovis was a difficult call.
Successful calf rearing starts at the beginning and getting it right will always be important in setting them up for the future, says calf feeder maker Stallion Ltd.
The better start a calf has in life, the better animal they will be in years to come.
The most common cause of scouring is nutritional scours, which happens when there is a change in diet or a diet that is inappropriate for the age group of calves.
Calves that are cared for well have a reduced risk of disease and cost less to rear, says DairyNZ.
Dairy farmer Enda Hawe’s focus on mastitis prevention and teat condition rather than blanket use of DCT during dry off is paying dividends.
You've worked hard to get your cows in great condition for calving. Next, it’s time to make sure they stay on track for mating.
Follow this advice when buying or selling calves.
A new herd recording tool has been launched by CRV Ambreed.
A disease equally infectious to Mycoplasma bovis and Covid-19 is threatening farm profitability and livestock health.
The challenge for Kiwi farmers to reduce herd size while maintaining or building production is generating an increase in demand for overseas genetics, says World Wide Sires.
One of the greatest threats of our time, potentially on a scale larger than Covid-19, is antimicrobial resistance, or AMR.
A focus on cow condition helped Jessica Willis almost halve the not-in-calf rate on a dairy farm she managed for four years.