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.

Four pieces critical to healthy calves

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’.

Picture: sarahelizamoo

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.

It's the ideal time to consider changes to your calf shed

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…

Worn rubber teat cups increase the risk of mastitis

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.

Bobby calf footage shocks NZ dairy

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…

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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.