Cattle

Three useful farming aids to keep your calving pen working for you

Three useful farming aids to keep your calving pen working for you
Kirsten 13/06/2018 0
Your calving may well be underway. Or it will be soon. If you’ve been asking about how to improve your calving environment so your calves are better off right from the get-go, then take a closer look...
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Successful calving is all about being prepared

Successful calving is all about being prepared
08/05/2018 0
One of the most preventable and unfortunate reasons for losing a calf, is not being prepared. Having the right equipment on hand to help you and your animal deliver a healthy calf is also the easiest ...
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Optimizing Calf Health is Future-Proofing Your Business

Optimizing Calf Health is Future-Proofing Your Business
08/05/2018 0
Last month we talked about putting together the best tool kit to achieve successful calving.  Clearly this is only the first step in the bigger picture towards rearing a herd of animals that is strong...
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Keeping Your Cows Cool this Summer

Keeping Your Cows Cool this Summer
03/02/2018 0
This clever system can be easily installed into any milking shed. Designed and manufactured by Tony Overbeek, farmer and director of Pesky Ideas Ltd, this unique in-shed mist system will keep your cow...
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Why Worry About Lame Cows?

Why Worry About Lame Cows?
04/04/2017 0
Lameness is caused by many factors which differ between individual cows and farms. Reducing the number of lame cows on your farm therefore requires a long-term, planned approach that is supported by ...
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The House Cow - What You Need to Know

The House Cow - What You Need to Know
24/03/2017 0
Why bother? Points FOR You get fresh milk the way nature intended it to be. The pleasure of milking the cow yourself. It’s a great educational experience for children. You can make a range of d...
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Keeping your herd cool during summer

Keeping your herd cool during summer
06/02/2017 0
White cows are more prone to feeling the bad effects of prolonged sunshine at very high temperatures. In some cows, after prolonged sunshine you start to see red skin blotches on the pink skin under t...
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Some things you should know about hay

Some things you should know about hay
06/02/2017 0
  Hay is the oldest form of conserved feed.  But you need to be careful before you part with your money, especially if you are buying when there is a shortage. Good things about hay All lives...
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What does the animal need from its feed?

What does the animal need from its feed?
02/11/2016 0
Water Water is not a strictly a nutrient but it is essential to life.  Muscle for example contains 80% water, fat 20-30% and bone in a young animal 70-80%.  Animals will survive for a long time witho...
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Caring for Calves

Caring for Calves
08/08/2016 0
To set a dairy cow up for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start. Extra effort now will pay dividends throughout her milking life. Heifers that reach target weights make...
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23/06/2016 0
Debudding vs Dehorning - What's the Difference? Although “dehorning” is the term generally applied to horn removal in cattle of all ages, a distinction can be made based on the stage of horn growth...
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Top Udder Health Achieved Through Hygiene & Monitoring

Top Udder Health Achieved Through Hygiene & Monitoring
08/02/2016 0
Healthy udders mean better quality milk which means higher returns.  This is a basic equation that we all know and understand.  Achieving the first input is the biggest ongoing challenge for farmers e...
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February eNews

February eNews
05/02/2016 0
This month we are talking about...
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Leg & Tail Marking Systems for Effective Stock Management

Leg & Tail Marking Systems for Effective Stock Management
06/11/2015 0
Leg marking systems are a well-known and effective way to manage and monitor your herd throughout the year.  Such an easy and immediately visual colour coding system can quickly alert farm workers to ...
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Awareness Needed to Fight Bovine Epidemic

Awareness Needed to Fight Bovine Epidemic
06/07/2015 0
NZ farmers need to wake up to the threat of Bovine Digital Dermatitis (BDD) that is endemic in productive herds throughout UK, Europe, USA and much of South America. Such is the seriousness of this d...
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