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When is the best time to dry off?

"For the vast majority of New Zealand dairy herds it is dry off time, or at least rapidly approaching..."
Select the link below to read Sollus Nutritionist Joe Mcgrath's article at Dairy News.

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Down cows, no longer a fact of dairy life

Death, taxes and down cows do not all have to be certainties in a dairy farmer’s life.

As dairy farmers you do not have to accept that this is a reality, and by changing your focus on farm from treating sick animals to prevention you can remove one of the ‘certainties’ from the list, making dairying more enjoyable and  more profitable.

Unfortunately the acceptance of down cows being part of life is reinforced by their prevalence during springtime; downers are now so common it is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Every farm has them, it’s just some are worse than others.

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Efficiency = Profitability

While I am aware that I am writing this article for a Breed Society magazine, I just can’t go past the fact that feed cost is still the biggest on farm cost and therefore the most important factor for defining profitability.

If you are thinking to yourself, “well he is wrong because  I don’t purchase feed I have grass”, I am still including the grass as you have already bought it (or from an economist’s point of view it is an opportunity cost). If your land is worth $50 000/ha then the interest value of that land at 5% is $2500/ha. If you harvest (ie. eaten not offered) 10mt of grass per year then the grass is worth...

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Herd health determined by metabolic status

In this month’s column we will start to look a little deeper into the real causes of metabolics at calving. While Dairy NZ has done an excellent job of explaining the use and benefit of magnesium before calving, many farmers still have questions about their cows’ health at farming. There are some interesting things to be considered in this space...

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Metabolics a precursor to herd diseases

In this month’s column, we will look at what drives some of the causes of involuntary culling in most herds in New Zealand. One of the major issues in New Zealand is the post calving diseases of mastitis and metritis. There can be various reasons for the occurrence of both, but one of the main reasons is clinical and sub-clinical milk fever...

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Tranzsol User Andrew Parker Interview

Andrew Parker, farmer of 850 milking cows in South Wikato talks about the benefits of Transzol.

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Dr McGrath Explains the return benefits of Nutrition in New Zealand Dairy

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New Approach to Transition Feeding Favoured

New Zealand dairy farmers are urged to tip their thinking about calcium supplements and wintering on its head to get the most out of their herd’s production into spring time and beyond.

Dr Joe McGrath, Asia-Pacific is the manager for nutrition company DSM and adjunct senior lecturer in ruminant nutrition at the University of New England in Australia. Dr McGrath’s research focuses on the critical relationship between between macro minerals, primarily calcium, and health...

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