When animals are fed exclusively on pasture, it pays to take a close look at the minerals they’re getting – or not getting, as the case may be. Given that deficiencies are far from uncommon, it’s imperative to plug the nutritional gap.
Pop quiz: Can you name the three main nutritional components of animal feed? If this question has you scratching your head, read on. This could be one of the most important articles you’ll read in a long time.
High somatic cell counts (SCC) are an obvious concern for farmers, but even if your SCC is below the penalty point threshold, you could still be losing income through reduced milk production, not to mention the time and expense involved in treating clinically apparent mastitis.
Body condition scoring is an accepted method of assessing the levels of a cow’s energy reserves. It becomes a primary focus as farmers move towards drying off; however, it should be monitored throughout the season.
Pasture is king in New Zealand and the cheapest feed available on dairy farms. Skilful pasture management will ensure pasture quality is maintained and maximum value is gained out of this essential on-farm resource.