Easing the pain of disbudding

Disbudding calves using pain relief has proven to be a cheaper, safer and more effective alternative to dehorning for NSW dairyfarmer Brad Smith.
Disbudding calves using pain relief has proven to be a cheaper, safer and more effective alternative to dehorning for NSW dairyfarmer Brad Smith.
With 800 calves on the ground in a short timeframe, management, planning and record keeping are critical to the health of the animals and people involved on the McRae dairy farms in Gippsland.
19 Sep 18 With 800 calves on the ground in a short timeframe, management, planning and record keeping are critical to the health of the animals and people involved on the McRae dairy farms in...
Unacceptably high calf mortality rates on Australian dairies cause significant financial loss to individual enterprises.
17 Sep 18 Unacceptably high calf mortality rates on Australian dairies cause significant financial loss to individual enterprises.
The future vitality of the dairy industry depends on getting calf rearing right, world-renowned calf-rearing expert Dr Bob James told the Dairy Research Foundation's 2018 Symposium.
14 Sep 18 The future vitality of the dairy industry depends on getting calf rearing right, world-renowned calf-rearing expert Dr Bob James told the Dairy Research Foundation's 2018 Symposium.
The results of research into accelerated calf rearing were presented at the Dairy On PAR calf roadshow in Tasmania last year.
02 Aug 18 The results of research into accelerated calf rearing were presented at the Dairy On PAR calf roadshow in Tasmania last year.
Yalca, Vic, farmer Steven Dalitz, who started disbudding calves using sedation and long-term pain relief two years ago, says he would now never do it any other way.
04 Jul 18 Yalca, Vic, farmer Steven Dalitz, who started disbudding calves using sedation and long-term pain relief two years ago, says he would now never do it any other way.
ANIMAL pain relief product Tri-Solfen has now been registered for dehorning and disbudding in addition to castration for beef and dairy calves.
03 Jul 18 ANIMAL pain relief product Tri-Solfen has now been registered for dehorning and disbudding in addition to castration for beef and dairy calves.
For Karen Low, Rearing Healthy Calves is all about the 'one-percenters' that make the difference between average farm practices and high-quality performance in growing young stock.
05 Jun 18 For Karen Low, Rearing Healthy Calves is all about the 'one-percenters' that make the difference between average farm practices and high-quality performance in growing young stock.
A former professional calf dehorner says a move to a vet-assisted sedated calf disbudding is one of the best decisions she has ever made.
24 May 18 A former professional calf dehorner says a move to a vet-assisted sedated calf disbudding is one of the best decisions she has ever made.
Calf health is just a numbers' game. The more things that stress or challenge calves' immune systems, the more likely the calves are to become ill.
19 Sep 17 Calf health is just a numbers' game. The more things that stress or challenge calves' immune systems, the more likely the calves are to become ill.
Previously I have highlighted the importance of rehydrating scouring calves. However, understanding what is causing the scours is equally important as the treatments selected are different for each of the causes.
14 Sep 17 Previously I have highlighted the importance of rehydrating scouring calves. However, understanding what is causing the scours is equally important as the treatments selected are...
There has been a noticeable increase in the use of pain relief when disbudding calves.
08 Sep 17 There has been a noticeable increase in the use of pain relief when disbudding calves.
Australian dairyfarmers are being asked to take part in new research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation aimed at improving calf health and productivity.
21 Jul 17 Australian dairyfarmers are being asked to take part in new research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation aimed at improving calf health and productivity.
Learning and implementing the calf-rearing basics will ultimately save time, money and result in healthier calves. This was the key message delivered by Dr Gemma Chuck at dairy discussion group in South-West Victoria last year.
04 Jul 17 Learning and implementing the calf-rearing basics will ultimately save time, money and result in healthier calves. This was the key message delivered by Dr Gemma Chuck at dairy...
There are three simple things farmers can do to maximise the health and survival of their calves.
02 Jun 17 There are three simple things farmers can do to maximise the health and survival of their calves.
James and Robyn Mann, Donovans Dairy at Wye, Mt Gambier, SA, milk a 2000-plus self-replacing Friesian herd in a 116-bay rotary dairy.
31 May 17 James and Robyn Mann, Donovans Dairy at Wye, Mt Gambier, SA, milk a 2000-plus self-replacing Friesian herd in a 116-bay rotary dairy.
Modern consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of where their food is grown, how it is produced, the nutritional value of the food and how the animals which produce that food are treated.
25 May 17 Modern consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of where their food is grown, how it is produced, the nutritional value of the food and how the animals which produce that food are...
DairyTas Conference farm tour attendees visited four Tasmanian businesses that have thrived despite challenges.
30 Mar 17 DairyTas Conference farm tour attendees visited four Tasmanian businesses that have thrived despite challenges.
Shredlage is a patented and branded harvesting process that produces long chopped highly processed silage.11 Oct 18 Shredlage is a patented and branded harvesting process that produces long chopped highly processed silage.
While conditions are variable across the country, spring grazing management and silage are top of mind for dairy farmers as they work to conserve as much quality feed and fibre as possible. 
13 Sep 18 While conditions are variable across the country, spring grazing management and silage are top of mind for dairy...
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Its about time someone stood up for hardworking dairyfarmers. lets not just point at Coles but
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The processors don’t realize what’s about to hit them with regards milk supply and security.
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A mastitis vaccine will be a great help to women. I hope this study achieve its goal. Anyways, I
The Australian dairy industry is committed to supporting investment and successful operation of Automatic Milking Systems (AMS).24 Sep 18  1 The Australian dairy industry is committed to supporting investment and successful operation of Automatic Milking...
The Australian Dairy Conference is on the hunt to find the smartest farm apps being used on Australian dairy farms and it wants farmers' help.11 Sep 18 The Australian Dairy Conference is on the hunt to find the smartest farm apps being used on Australian dairy farms...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...