Raw milk treatment keeps pH correct

With calving 2018 here, farmers must consider the risk that feeding raw milk (unpasteurised or not acidified) may transfer disease within a dairy farm and/or between farms.

Benefits of preferential treatment

In seasonally calving herds all heifers are expected to be fertile and mated at the same time, but their birth dates typically span four-six weeks. 

Trace elements play a crucial role in the diets of growing heifers.

Trace element deficiencies can reduce growth rates in both R1 and R2 cattle, delaying time to service and extending age at calving, says Annie Williams, an Agrimin animal scientist.

Laura Keenan, DairyNZ says plantain is not new to dairy cows.

A major initiative launched in the Tararua district seeks to reduce nitrate leaching on 135 dairy farms which can’t get consent for their operations. The hope is to achieve this with a single forage – plantain.

Matthew and Trudy Holmes.

With climate forecasts suggesting summers will lengthen and grow hotter and drier in some regions, the challenge of keeping cows cool will likely increase.

The good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality launched this month is another way dairy and the wider agricultural sector are working in partnership to improve water quality in New Zealand, says DairyNZ.

Effluent handling specialist Hi Tech Enviro Solutions showed several new products at Fieldays, among them a shore-based stirrer and a portable skid unit for powering high output effluent pumps.

Wintering cows on crops is a common strategy to help keep them in good condition, but it may result in them getting sick. 

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards was always the plan for Eric Jacomb, a founding partner of Medbury Farm Ltd, winner of the Canterbury Supreme Award. 

Three big challenges have many farmers looking at self-containing their farming operations and growing most of their feed on land they either own or control.


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