Wet, wintery weather often coincides with busy calving periods and an abundance of young and vulnerable calves. A change in weather can exacerbate the environmental challenge of many calf-scour pathogens, resulting in an increase in morbidity at this time of the year.
Over the past few years various combinations of local anaesthetic, sedation and pain relief have become more widespread during the removal of horn buds in dairy calves.
Drying-off for the spring calving cows is now fast approaching.
Ground breaking research towards the development of a vaccine for bovine mastitis is about to get underway in a Brisbane laboratory.
I should have been expecting the phone to drop out, but it still came as a surprise when it did!
Research has shown that dairy calves should be actively fed good quality colostrum as soon as possible after birth in order to benefit in the short and long term.
Oral rehydration solutions, commonly known as electrolytes, are considered the mainstay of treatment for calf diarrhoea or any dehydration due to disease.
Russell and Stuart both manage family farms milking about 450 cows in a rotary dairy without automatic cup removers.
PAUL* milks about 600 cows through a large herringbone dairy in northern Victoria.
THE future reproductive and lactation performance of your herd relies on the optimal management of heifers from birth.
THE SCIENTIFIC name for Pinkeye seen in cattle is Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis, or IBK.
SOME of our dairy regions have experienced a wet winter for the first time in a number of years, and many farms have found it a test of their patience as well as a test of their infrastructure and systems.
“WE work really hard to get the cell count down, and then it just takes off on us, and we don't seem to be able to stop it."
VETERINARIAN DR GEMMA Chuck says setting benchmarks for improved calf health during rearing will reduce morbidty and death rates.
WET weather and mud has returned with a vengeance, and many farms will now be calving cows in these conditions.
A NEW Zealand farmer says a ban on calving induction has been beneficial for the industry, despite adding to management costs for some farmers.
THE first type of ‘hard feed’ introduced to dairy calves is commonly called calf starter, concentrates or grain.
GENETIC selection has played an important role in halting the downward trend in Australian dairy herd reproductive performance.
DARREN Merritt sees the calving shed as the heart of his operation.
HOW THE HECK did that happen? I spent days cleaning the sheds, replacing the bedding and sterilising the feeding equipment…and the calves are still dropping like flies with scours.
CALVING is probably the busiest, most hectic time on farm.
SUCCESSFUL calf rearing with low morbidity (sick calves) and low mortality (dead calves) relies on the attention to detail in all aspects of the ‘calf rearing puzzle’.
PERHAPS one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of our age was the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928.
“WE draft them off as we milk, then when we’ve finished milking the rest, we just bring them back on the platform and dry cow them.”
TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.
EFFORTS to extend the market for dairy know no bounds, with an American company The Bear and The Rat, creating a yoghurt-based ice cream for dogs.