Seasonal cycles of summer versus winter feeding

Boom and bust cycles are a fact of life. Good times give way to tough times. Just when we think we’ve got life figured out, it throws us a curve ball and humbles us once again. Dairying is no different. Whether you are a pasture farmer or a total mixed ration (TMR) farmer, seasonal cycles…

Chromium: A window of opportunity

chromium a window of opportunity

Chromium is rapidly gaining momentum among nutritionists as a mineral that gets more interesting the more we understand about it. A relatively new arrival to the mineral scene, chromium has gained wide recognition for its effect on energy metabolism and its commensurate effect alleviating the disadvantages that stress places on our animals. Evidence of multiple…

The five-by-five-by-five of wagon mixing and maintenance

Comfortable cows produce more milk, but cows can only be comfortable if they are comfortable with their diet – an optimally formulated, well-mixed, properly delivered ration. Proper wagon mixing and maintenance can ensure that you are getting a consistent feed mix and maximising the effects of your dairy cattle nutrition programme. Learn how to get…

Optimising reproduction for lifetime performance

Beef cow and calf

Improving the lifetime performance of a beef herd will greatly impact the success and profitability of your farming enterprise. Beef farmers need a cow that delivers a live calf without difficulty, maintains her body weight and condition, comes in to heat promptly, conceives early in the breeding season, nourishes a developing foetus, and adequately nurses…

Happy, healthy, profitable cows

profitability compass

“Nothing is more effective at dropping feed intake than feeling sick.” – Prof. Lance Baumguard at the 2019 Ruminant Gut Health Conference. Defining the problem Farmer: “Alex, I have a fertility problem. Can you help?”Alex: “Sure, can you define the fertility problem?”Farmer: “Not really, they just aren’t where I feel they should be.” This is…

In developing immunity, good fences make good neighbours

In developing immunity, good fences make good neighbours

Microbes. The most populous of all life forms – trillions of them everywhere. There are highly specific populations on our hands, distinct from those in our mouths, or even on our forearms. Microbes occur on plants, in soil, on our buildings, and all over our farms and animals. Most are friendly and do no harm…