The Holstein Friesian breed offers incredible diversity, says farmer Michelle Burgess.

For Matamata dairy farmers Michelle and Bill Burgess, one cattle breed is ticking all the boxed for their milkers this mating season.

MSD Animal Health vet Amanda Kilby.

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the dairy industry's most significant infectious diseases, causing pregnancy loss, birth defects, reduced milk production and immune suppression.

AgResearch senior scientist Sue McCoard says the results seen in lambs fed milk replacer showed significant differences in growth rates, health and need for use of antibiotics.

Recently published research suggests that farmers should avoid feeding milk replacers with vegetable proteins and fats to lambs in their early life.

A long lasting B12 injection when given at given at tailing lasts for six months – or for the life of most of your finishing lambs, if a 0.5 mL dose is used.

Central Southland vet Andrew Roe reviews use of the long-acting vitamin B12 injection products, SMARTShot B12 and SMARTShot B12 plus SE, in the management of vitamin B12/cobalt deficiency with and without selenium deficiency in ewes and lambs.*

The docked tail must be no shorter than the distal end of the caudal fold - that's the end of the flaps of skin that attach the underside of the tail to the lamb's body.

With docking - or tailing - underway in many areas, Beef+Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers about the new tail length requirements.

Cameron Marshall's research is showing promising results of using an animal-based solution to N leaching.

New Lincoln University pastoral livestock production lab research is defining how to get the maximum benefit from cows predisposed to urinate nitrogen (N), resulting in less leaching to waterways.

Bovaer has been found under Australian feedlot conditions to reduce cattle methane emissions by up to 90%.

A feed additive that reduces methane emissions in ruminants is poised for commercial launch in Australia - making it one of the first global markets to access the product.

New Zealand research and farmer practice shows that pasture-based dairy systems supported by maize silage can be highly profitable. I have written about this topic extensively in the past.

Jersey cows are not normally synonymous with high input systems, but one farming couple are proving that Jerseys can hold their own under any system.

As lambing and calving get underway, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers to consider their carcase disposal options this spring.

Dairy farmers are facing a tight supply of magnesium due to Covid-19 related shipping delays.

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