Help at hand to boost cow health
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).