Tag Archives: Rural Diary

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
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