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…

Ramp up your efforts to improve calf development

calf development connection

Dairy calves and steam-up cows are where farmers really get a chance to change the future of their herd. These two life stages are crucial and, while the importance of excellent nutrition for both stages is well known, not many people understand the full benefits that can be achieved if you ramp up your efforts…

Measuring and managing mycotoxins

Mycotoxins pose an ever-present risk to animal production. Everywhere food and feed crops are produced and stored, mycotoxins are inevitably present, causing substantial losses for farmers and producers. The impact and severity of mycotoxicosis on animals are influenced by various factors, of which the concentration of a single mycotoxin is but one. Testing the levels…

Mycotoxins in stored grains – no use crying over spoiled milk

There is an age-old saying with timeless implications, ‘There is no use crying over spilt milk.’ Down the years, many people have taken note and applied this to various aspects of their lives. However, spilt milk and spoiled milk are the subject of completely different conversations. The one implies that we should not worry about…

Cow-centric pasture power

dairy cows on pasture

South African pasture-based dairy farmers are arguably the best grass farmers in the world, especially considering the harsh climate in which we farm so successfully. Our intense focus on pasture growth and harvest rates has served us well in the development of a robust and profitable pasture-based dairy industry. However, recent local and international developments…

The hidden milk thief – transition unit design

Reducing inflammation in the 30 days both pre- and post-calving can play a big role in improving lactation performance and lifetime productivity. In this series, we look at six major areas where a management focus will reduce the risk of excessive inflammation during the transition period. Last month we discussed the relationship between inflammation and…