Greg Jarratt.

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. 

 
Australian research has found that a calm temperament in ewes improves both ovulation rate and more successful pregnancies.

A calm temperament in ewes improves ovulation rate and successful pregnancies, according to a study published by The University of Western Australia (UWA). 

Energy figures for many maize silage samples are averaging higher than last season.

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.

 
LIC’s Bevan Harris.

Researchers at Livestock Improvement Corp (LIC) are working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to piece together a genetic jigsaw of 15 million pieces.

Vets are struggling with the emerging animal health issues of long-term fodder beet use on dairy farms.

Farm veterinarians are struggling with the emerging animal health effects of long-term fodder beet use on dairy farms, says DairyNZ senior scientist Dawn Dalley.

Richard Hilson, B.V.Sc

Liver fluke can cause major losses in production, often with few direct clinical signs evident, meaning that farmers don’t recognise the impact on their properties – particularly in bad fluke years.

Mark Bryan, VetSouth.

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.

Trina Parker.

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.

New Zealand's reputation as a world leader in animal welfare has led to Massey University professor Craig Johnson being invited to join a group reviewing world standards on the subject.

A low-cost device designed to detect when cows are ovulating and ready to be inseminated has earned two Kiwi entrepreneurs a place among the finalists in the 2018 New Zealander of the Year awards.

Dairy farmers and workers must take extra precautions because a newly discovered strain of leptospirosis is not covered by a vaccine.

In general, all mammals use their own body reserves (fat and protein from body tissues) in early lactation, to meet the demands of milk production.

Farmers in and around the Taihape /Hunterville regions of the North Island are being warned to watch for signs of facial eczema (FE).

 

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