Ad­just­ments to ease stress

Wayne Stachurski re­ports on P3 Trust work this week.

Hauraki Herald - - RURAL -

Mon­i­tor farm­ers con­tinue to be ac­tive rather than re­ac­tive, mak­ing ad­just­ments to help re­duce stress. Reece and Mike on the Gar­rett farm are get­ting vet as­sis­tance with lame cow treat­ment. John says this takes the pres­sure off a time-con­sum­ing job when staff are al­ready very busy with on/off graz­ing of cows in the wet.

Ash­ley has gone to once daily milk­ing across the whole herd at the Gray farm to take pres­sure off man and beast, help main­tain cow con­di­tion and limit pas­ture dam­age. It also re­duces the amount of ef­flu­ent from the dairy.

Strate­gies to limit pas­ture dam­age are num­ber one such as bring­ing cows to the dairy early, us­ing sup­ple­ment to keep cows more con­tent so they walk around pad­docks less.

Strate­gies to keep cow feed in­takes to no less than 16kgDM/c/d to pro­tect cow wel­fare and con­di­tion run a close sec­ond. Each farm is pay­ing ex­tra at­ten­tion to de­tails for a suc­cess­ful breed­ing pro­gramme to limit cli­matic ef­fects.

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