Mating management – service bulls and semen1 week

Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) is spread from infected to uninfected groups of cattle through the movement of cattle and the feeding of milk containing the bacteria. The risk of transmission via semen is low. Testing for M. bovis There is …Read More

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How do you know your bulls are up to standard?1 week

With mating just around the corner, do you know how many bulls you will need for your herd? Do you know how well your bulls will perform?  Be confident you have made the right decisions before mating begins. Bulls play …Read More

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Non-cycler treatment for highest in-calf rates4 weeks

Give non-cyclers a helping hand – Timely intervention = best payback True or false? Treating non-cycling cows breeds for infertility. False! Most cows that fail to ovulate by the planned start of mating (PSM) are later calvers or are in energy …Read More

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Body Condition Score (BCS) change to mating4 weeks

With calving almost over its time to start thinking about the plan for the next few months coming up to mating. The body condition score of the herd is a key area to keep an eye on to help ensure this mating …Read More

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Get your tail paint on4 weeks

Every heat detected leading to a pregnancy ensures an average 25kg MS in production in the following season (21 days x 1.2kg milk solids = 25kg) and conversely, every missed heat loses you around $250 dollars. This means that heat …Read More

The benefits of synchronising heifers4 weeks

Fast forward your genetic gain by synchronising heifers for more milk, faster. Genomic selection. Speed-breeding. DNA screening. Call it what you will, modern biotechnology has given us the ability to breed better animals, faster, in ways that would have seemed …Read More

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NOURISH – delivering better heifers into our dairy herds2 months

NOURISH calf meal has been part of the Franklin Vets nutrition range for a few years now. Designed to grow calves to their full potential, this product is now firmly established in the local calf meal market thanks to the …Read More

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Down Cows – Low Phosphorus2 months

There are several different reasons for a cow to be down. This can range from metabolic (milk fever, low magnesium, ketosis, acidosis), to an injury e.g. dislocated hip, or nerve damage from bulling injuries. Other issues can include mastitis, metritis …Read More

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Calf immunity3 months

Antibodies are essential for a healthy immune system. Calves receive no antibodies from their dam while in the womb. They are entirely reliant on absorbing antibodies from the colostrum feeds in the first 12-24 hours to get the immunity to …Read More

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Dairy Newsletter July 20193 months

In our latest dairy pre-calving newsletter: Using milk culture for prevention and treatment of mastitis BVD update M. bovis update Disbudding Magnesium supplementation NZVA dairy cattle representation.  

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Leptospirosis4 months

Leptospirosis has been with us for so long now and vaccination has been commonplace in the market for several decades, that we take its presence and control for granted. While the agricultural sector has made huge strides in preventing leptospirosis …Read More

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Animal welfare and disbudding – Are you leading the way?4 months

Recently Bayer has been hosting Animal Wellbeing and Sustainable Dairy evenings around the country, with speakers discussing their research into new products. One presentation discussed the findings from a study of the pain associated with calf disbudding. Calf disbudding is …Read More