Farm­ers en­cour­aged to at­tend DairyNZ calv­ing work­shop

Waipa Post - - The Country -

As the dairy sea­son’s busiest time fast ap­proaches, farm teams are en­cour­aged to hone their calv­ing skills at a DairyNZ Calv­ingS­mart work­shop in the Waikato.

Four work­shops are be­ing held dur­ing June in Waeranga, Mor­rinsville, Te Awa­mutu and Puta¯ruru, where farm own­ers and staff will get the lat­est tips and tech­niques to setup for this sea­son’s calv­ing.

DairyNZ an­i­mal hus­bandry team leader He­len Tho­day says calv­ing is tra­di­tion­ally a very busy time on dairy farms, and some sim­ple prepa­ra­tion will help achieve a smooth and stress-less calv­ing sea­son.

“En­sur­ing the en­tire farm team has the right knowl­edge and skills to es­tab­lish a car­ing, healthy and safe en­vi­ron­ment for calves, and ev­ery­one is work­ing to the same plan, will help calv­ing be less stress­ful,” says He­len.

“Hav­ing ev­ery­one on the same page also sup­ports good farm rou­tines and ul­ti­mately means calves get a good start to life.” Work­shop ses­sions

The ses­sions are prac­ti­cal and in­ter­ac­tive, and tai­lored to ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els.

A new skills ses­sion sup­ports staff in their first cou­ple of sea­sons to learn the signs of calv­ing, stages of labour, safe han­dling of new­born calves, why to feed colostrum, record­ing births and trans­port­ing calves.

Team ses­sions are for work­mates to at­tend. Find out how teams work bet­ter to­gether to save time and pro­vide good an­i­mal care, along with es­tab­lish­ing clear stan­dards and pro­cesses.

And fi­nally, de­ci­sion-maker ses­sions will ex­plore what it would take to be world-lead­ing in on-farm an­i­mal care, and look at calf rear­ing and sys­tem de­signs that work for calves and the team.

The Waikato events are be­ing held in Waeranga (June 5); Mor­rinsville (June 6); Te Awa­mutu (June 7) and Puta¯ruru (June 19). They are a part of a se­ries of na­tion­wide Calv­ingS­mart events.

The Calv­ingS­mart work­shops are free to levy-pay­ing dairy farm­ers and their staff.

■ Find out more about them at www.dairynz.co.nz/calv­ings­mart.

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