Get the calf health numbers' game right

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.
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...
Gippsland dairyfarmer Peta Barlow knows about herd testing - from both sides of the fence.
13 Sep 17 Gippsland dairyfarmer Peta Barlow knows about herd testing - from both sides of the fence.
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.
Holstein Australia announced the 2017 Cow of the Year at its Annual Awards Night, held at Nowra, NSW, in August.
01 Sep 17 Holstein Australia announced the 2017 Cow of the Year at its Annual Awards Night, held at Nowra, NSW, in August.
The rising popularity of genomic (DNA) testing of female dairy cattle means DataGene's release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) puts the spotlight on the top herds and cows, as well as bulls.
24 Aug 17 The rising popularity of genomic (DNA) testing of female dairy cattle means DataGene's release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) puts the spotlight on the top herds and cows, as well...
From 17 to 20 July, Livestock Improvement (LIC) Australia came together with around 150 farmers from Tasmania, Gippsland and North Victoria to focus on cow quality and the potential to increase the profitability that lies within most herds.
08 Aug 17 From 17 to 20 July, Livestock Improvement (LIC) Australia came together with around 150 farmers from Tasmania, Gippsland and North Victoria to focus on cow quality and the potential to...
MILK production is up but fertility is down - it must be the semen company's fault. Wrong.
01 Aug 17  1 MILK production is up but fertility is down - it must be the semen company's fault. Wrong.
DATA and sample collection from working dairy farms has started for a Western Australian research project aiming to improve early identification of highly contagious mastitis in dairy herds.
25 Jul 17 DATA and sample collection from working dairy farms has started for a Western Australian research project aiming to improve early identification of highly contagious mastitis in dairy...
Different antibiotics work in different ways
Need to consider location of infection, possible resistance
Some antibiotics work against each other
24 Jul 17 Different antibiotics work in different ways Need to consider location of infection, possible resistance Some antibiotics work against each other
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.
Gippsland dairyfarmer Kevin Lockett has his herd records just where he wants them - at his fingertips. DataGene's new mobile app, HerdData, gives Mr Lockett access to his herd records anywhere, anytime.
20 Jul 17 Gippsland dairyfarmer Kevin Lockett has his herd records just where he wants them - at his fingertips. DataGene's new mobile app, HerdData, gives Mr Lockett access to his herd records...
A move into high-end dairy breeding has paid dividends for two south-western Victorian dairy operations.
17 Jul 17 A move into high-end dairy breeding has paid dividends for two south-western Victorian dairy operations.
John Gardiner from Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Victoria, brought a team of nine to the Victorian Winter fair and came away with a supreme champion, two reserve champions and the premier exhibitor award.
14 Jul 17 John Gardiner from Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Victoria, brought a team of nine to the Victorian Winter fair and came away with a supreme champion, two reserve champions and the premier...
Winning the supreme championship at the Victorian Winter Fair at Bendigo on July 6 was a bittersweet moment for the northern Victorian Dee family.
14 Jul 17 Winning the supreme championship at the Victorian Winter Fair at Bendigo on July 6 was a bittersweet moment for the northern Victorian Dee family.
New Zealand's Dairy Solutionz launched its Kiwipole breed at the Tulare World Ag Expo event in California earlier this year, in partnership with STGenetics.
06 Jul 17 New Zealand's Dairy Solutionz launched its Kiwipole breed at the Tulare World Ag Expo event in California earlier this year, in partnership with STGenetics.
A decision to buy a calf at the Bluechip dispersal sale last year paid dividends for a young stud owner at the Victorian Winter Fair at Bendigo on Wednesday.
05 Jul 17 A decision to buy a calf at the Bluechip dispersal sale last year paid dividends for a young stud owner at the Victorian Winter Fair at Bendigo on Wednesday.
A cross between a Holstein and a Bos indicus breed called the Gir was proving to be an ideal dairy breed in the tropics, Semex general manager Jim Conroy told the Herd 17 conference.
05 Jul 17 A cross between a Holstein and a Bos indicus breed called the Gir was proving to be an ideal dairy breed in the tropics, Semex general manager Jim Conroy told the Herd 17 conference.
Weight for weight methane causes 36 times as much global warming as carbon dioxide and the main sources of this pollutant is agriculture.
04 Jul 17 Weight for weight methane causes 36 times as much global warming as carbon dioxide and the main sources of this pollutant is agriculture.
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...
Researchers at Scibus and the University of Sydney are dishing up transition diets including calcidiol and anionic feeds and seeing exciting improvements in cow health and productivity.
03 Jul 17 Researchers at Scibus and the University of Sydney are dishing up transition diets including calcidiol and anionic feeds and seeing exciting improvements in cow health and productivity.
ONE OF the major components of fertility in dairy cows is the management of the artificial insemination (AI) program. There is no single 'silver bullet' to achieving good pregnancy rates - it is all about attention to detail for several things.
16 Jun 17 ONE OF the major components of fertility in dairy cows is the management of the artificial insemination (AI) program. There is no single 'silver bullet' to achieving good pregnancy rates...
Australia's breeding indices work in identifying sires that produce more profitable herds, Professor Ben Hayes told the Herd 17 conference in March.
13 Jun 17 Australia's breeding indices work in identifying sires that produce more profitable herds, Professor Ben Hayes told the Herd 17 conference in March.
A Northern Victorian cow has become the first to win the Jersey Australia/Semex Great Australian Challenge Supreme Champion title two years in a row.
06 Jun 17 A Northern Victorian cow has become the first to win the Jersey Australia/Semex Great Australian Challenge Supreme Champion title two years in a row.
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Gippsland dairyfarmers Paul and Lisa Mumford have ridden the Focus Farm rollercoaster through one of the toughest periods in recent memory.
30 May 18 Gippsland dairyfarmers Paul and Lisa Mumford have ridden the Focus Farm rollercoaster through one of the toughest...
Profiting from pasture Haydn Pocock only needs to look at his paddocks in spring to see the impact of Feeding Pastures for Profit (FPFP).
29 May 18 Profiting from pasture Haydn Pocock only needs to look at his paddocks in spring to see the impact of Feeding...
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The helmet requirement is plain stupid as is mandatory helmets on pushbikes - have a read of the
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Why does Adam insist on doing the biding of the processors? That is their line and he has
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The dairy industry is unnatural, unhealthy and extremely cruel.
Dairyfarmers around Australia have used grants to install new equipment in the dairy to help cut energy costs.
01 Jun 18 Dairyfarmers around Australia have used grants to install new equipment in the dairy to help cut energy costs.
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WITH a passion for innovation and their usual focus on products that are robust and reliable, global supplier McLanahan Corporation, has released a complete system for managing pasture based livestock effluent.02 May 18 Advertiser content for McLanahan WITH a passion for innovation and their usual focus on products that are robust...
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...