Recent milking time visits to a number of different dairy sheds have reminded me that “normal” means different things to different people.
“I culled the 10 highest cell count cows and the cell count didn’t change – not at all!”
It is only a tiny part of your milking plant, and it can sometimes be very unobtrusively placed, but it is critical to the ability of your milking plant to function correctly.
It really shouldn’t have been this dry - after all, it was the last week in June and it was Gippsland! In fact, the only problem we had as we walked across the designated calving paddock on that day was the icy wind which was intent on going through anything in…
Most of the spring calving cows have now been dried-off and will be enjoying their “annual holiday”.
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.
A simple device underpinned by a complex algorithm can alert farmers via text message that a cow will calve within one hour.
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…
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.
Executive director of the Global Dairy Platform, Donald Moore, recently told an Australian audience that the biggest future threat to the world dairy industry could be synthetic milk.
TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.