A new-born calf’s immune system is immature, so calves rely on antibodies in colostrum for protection while their own immune system matures.

Published in Farm Health

Most of New Zealand has just been through yet another long dry spell which has translated to poor feed supply and quality for both the girls in herd and R2’s arriving home.

Published in Farm Health

Range in body condition score (BCS) is as important as average BCS at calving on New Zealand dairy farms, according to DairyNZ.

Published in Farm Health
Monday, 18 March 2019 10:06

Record them right in autumn rush

Sharemilkers are the minority among dairy and beef farmers, but in respect of NAIT they have a big role.

Published in Management
Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:55

Split calvers match feed supply, demand

The bonus of split calving is that you can match feed supply with feed demand throughout the year, says Neville Porteous of Te Arai Farms in lower Northland.

Published in Farm Health

In a three-part series, veterinarian Olivia Sutton, of Vetlife Oamaru, looks at optimising future heifers during calf rearing. In this second article, she looks at Failure of Passive Transfer (FPT).

Published in Farm Health
Friday, 17 August 2018 08:55

Raising calves to full potential

In a three-part series, veterinarian Olivia Sutton, Vetlife Omaru, looks at optimising future heifers with calf rearing.

Published in Farm Health
Monday, 06 August 2018 09:17

Safety around cows

Cows can be very protective of their calves and see people as a threat. 

Published in Farm Health
Monday, 06 August 2018 09:10

Fill your calving paperwork – OSPRI

Dairy farmers and lifestyle farmers rearing calves must do all their paperwork, says OSPRI.

Published in Management
Monday, 30 July 2018 11:10

Weight, meal intake key to weaning

Weaning based on calf weight and meal intake will help calves develop into healthy heifers, says DairyNZ.

Published in Management
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