Successful grazing of crop paddocks is achieved by good management of people, cows and the environment, says DairyNZ.
Mastitis is the most common disease of dairy cattle and is a significant cause of losses on the dairy farm, explains Dr Sean Daly, vet and technical adviser at MSD Animal Health.
OPINION: Contrary to recent suggestions in the media, there is very little credible research supporting the success of homeopathic treatment of mastitis in dairy cows.
Nitrate poisoning usually occurs in late autumn or winter when nitrate levels in the feed are high, particularly during a flush of growth after a dry period.
With spring just around the corner for many, it is time to recap on some rather sobering facts that highlight the importance of being prepared for the busy season.
When dealing with calf feed products it is important to read the labels, go online or ask your supplier for instructions and information, says Natalie Hughes, nutrition and quality manager at SealesWinslow.
Almost all the recommendations from two reviews of the Mycoplasma bovis programme have been accepted, after the ‘surge in activity’ leading up to this year’s moving day.
The Canterbury TBfree committee chair Malcolm Gilbert has retired after 15 years in the role.
Rural contractors have challenged MPI and Federated Farmers over the management of Mycoplasma bovis.
OSPRI is reminding farmers and lifestylers that they must register their newborn calves in the NAIT online system.
Three ways you can prepare for the onrush of the calving season will shore up your abilities, says DairyNZ.
Achieving the best calving season requires good planning and preparation, says DairyNZ. Here's how to do just that.
MSD Animal Health’s regional technical advisor/vet, Kim Kelly explains how to reduce the risk of your calves getting scours.
Poor udder quality in many New Zealand cows contributes to them being culled in their first and second lactations, imposing an unsustainable cost, says a visiting expert.
Massey veterinarian Kate Griffiths recently outlined the results of a six year trial looking at the ability of a ewe to survive as a productive animal until she is culled for age.
Triple drench resistance is present on a number of sheep farms Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Wormwise is dealing with.
DairyNZ developer animal care and biosecurity, Katherine DeWitt on the new tail shortening laws and better options for tail management.
With winter now well underway, dairy cows are fast approaching the most stressful time of the year.
A new-born calf’s immune system is immature, so calves rely on antibodies in colostrum for protection while their own immune system matures.
“Wet and muddy winter conditions increase the risks to the welfare of livestock,” says Kate Littin, Ministry for Primary Industries manager animal welfare.
Mastitis control must be front of mind for farmers preparing to dry off cows for winter.
Effective management of worms in sheep, cattle and other ruminants is no longer a one tool job.
The importance of seeing regularly to your wellbeing will be the focus of Farmstrong’s site at Fieldays.
A trial giving synthetic zeolite to transition cows to prevent milk fever has shown “stunning” results, says DairyNZ principal scientist Dr David Chapman.
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