Are you caught in a spider’s web?

spider's web

Spiders face an interesting dilemma. How do you live on a sticky web whose sole purpose is to catch and entangle small creatures? Most people rightly assume that spiders are somehow immune to the stickiness of the web. But this is only partly true; their feet have hairs and glands that reduce their chances of…

Continued focus reaps rewards

The theme for this month’s issue of The Dairy Mail is “Choice, chance, and change”. These three words really fill one with a sense of hope and optimism. We can hope for new possibilities and the potential to change our trajectory and outcomes should we decide to do so. This month, I would like to…

Snowball into success

Snowball your calf rearing into heifer rearing success

Precision farming holds the key to the future. The future of a dairy herd lies with the heifers that will replace your existing herd. There needs to be a continuous drive to improve fertility on-farm, to ensure that our milking cows fall pregnant. At the end of gestation, we go through one of the most…

Limit mycotoxin contamination

mycotoxin contamination

In the previous two articles in this series, the focus was on the prevention of mycotoxin contamination, and the value of mycotoxin analyses. Mycotoxins can cause a lot of problems without a well-thought-out prevention strategy in place. In fact, even with a good strategy, toxins will still be present. The aim is not to prevent…

Mycotoxin management: Prevention is better than cure

We are surrounded daily by hundreds of fungi species of which each produces its own unique collection of metabolites aWe are constantly surrounded by hundreds of fungal species that each produce their own unique collection of metabolites, and that are influenced by various environmental factors. These ever-present microflorae influence almost every aspect of our lives…

Changing ordinary to extraordinary

trace mineral supplement for dry cow nutrition

Precision nutrition may be a term we are familiar with, but is it something we practise every day in managing our herds? Is there even a place for precision nutrition in times when feed prices are high? I think this is precisely the time we should be looking at precision nutrition and questioning what is…

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