Dairy Advice

PKE; Its Influence on Milk Composition
There has been a recent spotlight on palm kernel extract (PKE) and the influence it has on milk composition.

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Mineral Blocks
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.

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Winter Feed Strategies
What to watch out for when planning your winter feed strategies for cattle.

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What Do Your Cows Need
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.

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Spotlight on Nutrition
There are several factors that play a role in achieving a maximum return from your cows. Among the most important is providing the right mix of nutrients in the animals' diet.

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Counting the Cost of Somatic Cells
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.

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Condition Scoring
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.

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Pasture Nutrition
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.

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