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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. This ‘veterinary disbudding’ has been commonplace in some areas of Australia and New Zealand for a while, but in other regions it is…

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.

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’.

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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.

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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.