Help at hand to boost cow health

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A new ap­proach to help farm­ers achieve cow­con­di­tion tar­gets by calv­ing time is be­ing pi­loted by Dairynz in South Waikato and Manawatu, and Dairynz is seek­ing farmer vol­un­teers.

‘‘ Farm­ers, re­searchers and ad­vis­ers all agree that get­ting cows in the right con­di­tion at calv­ing is crit­i­cal for milk pro­duc­tion and re­pro­duc­tive per­for­mance – two key driv­ers of farm prof­itabil­ity,’’ said Rob Brazen­dale, Dairynz de­vel­op­ment team leader for pro­duc­tiv­ity.

‘‘Yet ev­ery year we see large num­bers of cows calv­ing at be­low­tar­get con­di­tion and con­se­quently achiev­ing be­low- po­ten­tial pro- duc­tion prof­itabil­ity.’’

In recog­ni­tion of these dif­fi­cul­ties, Dairynz has trained ad­vis­ers in body con­di­tion score-as­sess­ment and feed plan­ning, to sup­port farm­ers oneon-one and to de­velop plans to han­dle be­low­tar­get cows.

Dairynz is seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from farm­ers in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the pi­lot. Phone 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969).

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