Publications

March 1, 2021

New forage inoculant bacteria brings big benefits

After ten years in the making, Nutritech is proud to launch a new silage inoculant technology that significantly improves both the quality and aerobic stability of maize, wholecrop and other silages that are prone to heating. Using MAGNIVA®Platinum it is safe to open stacks at 2 weeks rather than waiting 6 weeks for any inoculant […]

Forage, Publications
December 1, 2020

Effective facial eczema prevention

Facial eczema is caused by a toxin, sporidesmin, which cows eat when grazing pastures high in fungal spores. Trials conducted at AgResearch by Dr Neale Towers calculated the effect of low doses of sporidesmin on milk yield. Over a three week period, production across the herd had dropped by as much as 25%. For a […]

Dairy, Publications
November 1, 2020

Nutrition support for cows during heat stress conditions

Heat stress can significantly impact cow health and production. It can lead to reduced feed intake, rumination, rumen function, milk yield and milk fat and protein levels, and increased respiration rate and risk of acidosis. While many of us are aware of practical solutions for heat stress (such as providing shade, increasing access to water […]

Dairy, Publications
October 22, 2020

HSR Maize Cultivars

HSR maize hybrids have been sold in New Zealand for 10 years and in Australia for over 40 years. Standing for Hybrid Seed Research and owned by three innovative Australian and New Zealand farmers. HSR has breeding and research partners around the world that provide access to the most innovative and unique maize genetics available […]

Maize Seed, Publications
October 22, 2020

Managing Air and Heating for Quality Silage 

Silage quality is made up of not just the nutritional quality of the crop when it is cut, but also the fermentation and hygienic quality. Managing air is a critical step in reducing damage and losses in silage caused by these ‘bad bugs’ or spoilage organisms that thrive on air. Getting rid of the air […]

Forage, Publications
October 15, 2017

In a Pickle with High Acetic Acid Silages

The goal of ensiling a forage crop is to conserve as much as possible of the nutrient and dry matter (DM) content in the crop at the time of harvest. Lallemand Animal Nutrition specialists say the ensiling process is actually quite simple: Chopped forage is packed in a pit to exclude the air, lactic acid [...]
Forage, Publications
June 13, 2017

Nutritech welcomes Trish Lewis to its Technical Team

Animal nutrition specialist Trish Lewis has joined the Nutritech Technical Team as a Forage and Nutrition Consultant. Trish will continue to work as an independent consultant to the industry, and will also support the Nutritech's field team and their customers to make better silage and provide advice on how best to utilise home grown feed. [...]
Miscellaneous, Publications
June 1, 2017

Transition Cow Nutrition

Various factors contribute to the profitability of any New Zealand dairy herd, production, longevity, fertility and cow health could all be considered key factors. Managing a successful transition period is a key element to achieving all these factors. Poor feeding and management during the transition period can result in a host of problems around calving [...]
Dairy, Publications
June 1, 2017

Benefits of Calf Rearing Supplements

Trials in NZ and overseas have demonstrated the long term benefits of good calf rearing in terms of improved production and health. Freshly born calves have yet to develop their immune systems, so rely initially on antibodies in colostrum for early protection against potential pathogens. However, this does not provide complete protection, especially during periods [...]
Calf, Publications
June 1, 2017

Transition Cow Feeding and Management

A significant proportion of any herd’s health and welfare costs can come from the 3 weeks pre-calving to the 3 weeks post-calving. This is the period where the cow lays down the building blocks for the coming lactation, so minimising metabolic disease and implementing a system to reduce negative energy balance and maximise post-calving dry [...]
Dairy, Publications