Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:00

Feed colostrum soonest – the clock is ticking

This month we focus on the timing and methods of feeding of colostrum and how this affects the absorption of vital antibodies. 

Published in Farm Health

Last month we discussed the importance of colostrum, the consequences of insufficient colostrum feeding and how to assess colostrum management on farm.

Published in Farm Health

Mating more dairy cows to beef sires and rearing more dairy-beef calves are attractive options for some dairy farmers as they look for ways to supplement their income.

Published in Management
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:00

Growing calves to full capacity

Ensuring every calf goes into the herd at target weight makes sure a Patea, Taranaki, dairy farm is running at full capacity, even on once-a-day (OAD) milking, says calf feed maker Fiber Fresh.

Published in Farm Health
Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:11

‘Hidden’ calf disease easily managed

Coccidiosis is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting calves in New Zealand, says animal health company Zoetis.

Published in Farm Health

In a welcome departure from dismal news on the dairy front, farmers are being told that a simple change to their herd mating plans could increase their income from calves.

Published in General News
Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:41

Caring for the newborn

The long term future of a dairy heifer can be influenced by events in the first 24 hours of her life. 

Published in Farm Health
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 12:37

Removing the headache out of dehorning

Dehorning is considered a routine procedure for dairy calves.

Published in Farm Health

Proper housing is a cornerstone of successful calf rearing, says Christchurch company FlexiTunnel.

Published in Management
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:36

Dystocia costing Oz dairy $44 million

Dystocia, or difficulty in giving birth, is a common problem encountered in dairy herds. 

Published in Farm Health
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