How clean is your calf shed?

A critical way to reduce the spread of disease from one season to the next is by removal of soiled bedding and thorough cleaning of the calf shed. Ideally this should be done as soon as possible after the last calf leaves the shed.

Culling considerations for mastitis control

I never really liked 2036. She was the wild one as a calf. Then as a heifer she had a “spooky” look in her eye and she was always the one who went the wrong way when trying to get a mob through a gate. After having calved she caused…

Calf-scour pathogens: Better the devil you know

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.

To tube or not to tube?

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.

Electrolytes: What's in the tub?

Oral rehydration solutions, commonly known as electrolytes, are considered the mainstay of treatment for calf diarrhoea or any dehydration due to disease.

 Wet weather does not have to mean more mastitis. Photo: Jeanette Severs.

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. 

Scours is a crappy issue

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.

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When butter and chocolate collide

TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.

Milking it - Ice cream for dogs

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.