To set up a dairy cow for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start. Extra effort now will pay dividends throughout her milking life.
Calving season is around the corner and now is the time to start planning and preparing.
The old policy of filling gaps with PKE from September comes with its very own headache this season – the FEI issue.
A global animal health company says it is developing a novel methane inhibitor for cows’ rumens.
Deer farmers wanting fewer late-fawning hinds can now buy sires and hinds with breeding values (BVs) for earlier fawning.
The Bovine Light Mask uses light therapy to improve the production of cows in pastoral-based systems.
Jersey dairy farmers can add value to their business with selective Jersey-cross beef breeding and promoting the eating qualities of that meat, says Whangarei Jersey dairy farmer Murrary Jagger.
Now in its third incarnation, DRL started life as Otago University’s deer research laboratory at a time when deer farming was establishing itself by capturing wild animals.
University of Adelaide honours student Leesa Flanagan has been named Alltech Young Scientist of the Year from an international field of peers for her work on dietary requirements of feedlot lambs.
The attraction of heading a world-rated veterinary school, a love of New Zealand and disillusionment with Brexit persuaded Professor Jon Huxley to apply to lead the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University.
Rising prospects for sheepmeat make it worth spending money on flock health, says animal health company Boehringer Ingelheim.
Early detection of neonatal calf diarrhoea (NCD) is top of mind for the winner of the National Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship.
A trial of sexed semen at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm could result in gross income rising by at least $16,000.
Copper deficiency is again stalking New Zealand’s cattle, brought on by traditional pastoral deficiency and shifts in farming practices over the past two decades.
Milk fever wastes time and massively stresses cows and farmers, says Taranaki farm consultant Pat Poletti.
Within the next several weeks, farmers with spring calving herds will start drafting up springer mobs. This action allows closer monitoring and management of cows that are near calving and entering the transition period.
Hawke's Bay animal health supplier Animal Health Direct is further promoting its mineral tonic for calves launched in 2017.
Good onfarm animal management will be essential if plans to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis are to succeed, the New Zealand Veterinary Association says.
Going for eradication of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is “absolutely” the sensible choice, says Professor Frank Griffin, founder of the Otago veterinary diseases laboratory Disease Research Ltd.
Livestock monocultures and inappropriate drenching practices are helping raise internal parasite resistance to triple combination drenches, says AgResearch.
New Zealand's 4.8 million milking cows excrete 1000 tonnes of nitrogen a day in their urine, and 200 tonnes of this end up in groundwater, says CRV Ambreed.
With dry off date just around the corner for the vast majority of spring calving herds, it is easy to assume the next few months leading up to spring presents an opportunity to relax and take a breather.
Good Autumn growth sets the scene for maximum growth rates in beef cattle post-weaning, but beware worms in pasture, warns Paul McKee, an animal health technical manager at Ravensdown.
A calm temperament in ewes improves ovulation rate and successful pregnancies, according to a study published by The University of Western Australia (UWA).
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