It takes up to two weeks for most heifers to establish a quiet response to milking.

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.

 
A Massey University study is looking at the production consequences of crossbreeding with Wiltshire sheep to a fully shedding flock.

Massey University is examining the economic impact and the production consequences of crossbreeding with Wiltshire sheep to a fully shedding flock.

 
The Code of Welfare for Sheep and Beef Cattle 2018 clearly states that lambing paddocks should be chosen to mitigate animal welfare challenges such as adverse weather.

With lambing and calving about to start, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers of the importance of providing ewes and cows with suitable, well-sheltered areas for lambing and calving.

Allowing Mycoplasma bovis to spread could cause $1.3 billion in economic losses in the first ten years.

Southland has reached a landmark zero cases of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis but the Government says this isn’t the time for complacency.

As farmers strive to maximise their lamb survival, interest in orphan lamb rearing systems has been steadily growing.

North Otago calf rearer Jared Ovens believes the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak has led to more farmers embracing animal traceability.

Collection of dead calves from farms around the country has stopped with farmers and the recycling company blaming each other for the impasse.

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says the joint decision three years ago to eradicate Mycoplamsa bovis was a difficult call.

Severe feed shortages in parts of the country mean many ewes are on a nutritional knife-edge heading into lambing and could be at risk of developing metabolic disorders.

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 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.

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