Strategic mineral management for extraordinary efficiencies

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines extraordinary as “going beyond what is customary or usual”. In terms of herd health basics, we tend to focus on ensuring that cows are receiving enough vitamin and mineral supplementation to support a healthy and optimally functioning immune system. This is the basis of mineral nutrition and it has worked wonders…

Minerals – essential or excessive?

It is easy to be on top of the things we see every day, but the things that aren’t written on a list or marked with a Post-It easily slip our mind. Unfortunately, trace minerals and vitamins are pretty much out of sight and out of mind until they force their way to the top…

Strategic decisions for better returns: The four Rs

Strategic decision-making

Dairy systems have always and continue to fascinate me for the simple reason that they are incredibly complex, and no problem ever has a simple solution. Combined with the hundreds of different products on the market that farmers are bombarded with daily serves to only create more confusion. How do we cut through all the…

Compass pointing us to success

success compass

In various industries, especially ours, many people dread record-keeping and therefore avoid it. One of the reasons is that it is perceived as taking a lot of time away from our daily “important activities” or, should I say “things we enjoy doing”. We fail to see the value in record-keeping because we are afraid of…

The Cheshire cat’s question

Alice and the Cheshire cat

One day, Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.“Which road do I take?” she asked.His response was a question: “Where do you want to go?”“I don’t know,” Alice answered.“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” LEWIS CARROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND This story of Alice in Wonderland…

The golden circle of resilence

Tough times don’t last – tough people do! Our world-renowned work ethic is one of our most proudly South African traits. Our willingness to work hard and our resilience under difficult circumstances make us unique, and these traits are invaluable when it comes to dairy farming. Conditions on the farm rarely stay the same, with…