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.”
DURING a recent farm visit, routine milking time testing of the milking machines in this dairy quickly showed that the system vacuum was at 39 kPa – very low for a highline swingover herringbone.
TWO feedlot trials in Northern Australia will explore the effectiveness of an all-natural oral fly repellent for cattle.
IN recent times, there has been a lot of discussion relating to enhanced nutrition (or accelerated growth programs) in milk fed calves.
RECENT research has revealed heat stress in dry cows leads to health problems and a significant drop in milk production.
IN SEASONAL parts of Australia, many cows are approaching dry off and with the warmer weather and longer days, now is the ideal time to think about making changes to your calf housing. The easiest time to make changes to your calf housing is when there are no calves in…
RECENTLY, I was returning home from two farm visits at which I discovered that both farms had been dutifully replacing their rubber teat cup liners every 12 months, just as they had done for many years.
THE DAIRY industry will stop the practice of calving induction in response to mounting pressure from consumers and animal welfare groups.
THE New Zealand dairy industry is grappling with an animal welfare crisis after footage was released of cruelty against bobby calves. The practices revealed in the video by an animal rights group have appalled the country’s dairy industry bodies. Both DairyNZ and Federated Farmers have spoken out against the practices…
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.