Publications

July 1, 2016

Calf Rearing

Numerous trials have demonstrated the importance of good calf rearing practices on increasing 1st lactation and lifetime milk production, thus profitability.  Early rumen development, gut health and integrity, and avoiding a weaning check are key factors influencing calf growth. Highly degradable starch based feeds promote development of the rumen and its papillae.  Recent trials have [...]
Calf, Publications
June 1, 2016

Benefits of Good Transition

The risks of disease and metabolic issues are greatest during the transition period (3-4 weeks either side of calving), which is dominated by a series of adaptations as cows move from pregnancy to lactation.  As much as 80% of all health issues related to this period. Establishing successful lactations requires an integrated transition management and [...]
Dairy, Publications
May 1, 2016

Rearing More Productive Heifers

It has been demonstrated that better grown calves and heifers have higher first lactation and lifetime production than less well grown ones.  What is less certain is the extent to which the benefits of early rumen development remain through to and after calving, with heifers reared off farm. This was tested in an on farm [...]
Dairy, Publications
May 1, 2016

Rearing More Productive Heifers – Trial Review

Rearing calves well has long been recognised as important in the development of productive heifer replacements.  This concept has been extended more recently to studying the benefits of early rumen development on subsequent growth and milk production. Agrifeeds/Agritrade have promoted an early rumen development feeding programme using an extruded pre-starter feed RumenX®, and have conducted [...]
Dairy, Publications
April 1, 2016

Managing Cows During the Dry Period

Last month’s article focussed on feeding cows to achieve calving body condition targets prior to drying off.  This month’s article covers feeding and management during the dry period prior to the transition to calving. Most dry cows are wintered on pasture or crops off the milking platform, with the aim to maintain or gain condition [...]
Dairy, Publications
February 1, 2016

Facial Eczema

This years’ strong El Niño may result in higher facial eczema challenges, if hot dry conditions are followed by warm moist periods, resulting in rapid increases in fungal growth and spore production.  This combined with high grazing pressure, may lead to higher sporidesmin mycotoxin challenges and greater risks of stock contracting facial eczema. Prevention not [...]
Dairy, Publications
January 1, 2016

Maintaining Pregnancy

Local trials have demonstrated early embryonic loss is the major cause of empty cows, being a financial drain on farming businesses, through higher replacement costs and lost production.  The forecast intense El Niño may lead to higher than usual empty rates this year, if farmers do not ensure they provide sufficient high quality feed during [...]
Calf, Dairy, Publications
December 1, 2015

Strategies for El Niño

Reduced pasture growth in the East due to lack of moisture with this year’s El Niño conditions, makes it more important to conserve as much of any temporary pasture or crop surpluses.  This will reduce requirements for supplementary feeds, or the need to dry cows off early.  Conversely, wet conditions in the West may result [...]
Dairy, Publications
November 1, 2015

Pasture Mycotoxins Reduce Stock Performance

It is about this time of year that farmers may notice a number of behavioural issues with their stock, along with declines in performance.  Typical symptoms are grouping together particularly under shade, rather than being spread out across a paddock and around water troughs.  Skin can peel in severe cases.  Such behaviour and symptoms are [...]
Dairy, Publications