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The MineralBoost team is often out and about at local events to make sure you are informed on mineral supplementation at key times throughout the year. We also like to make sure the benefits of adding measured minerals is clear.
Author: Taryn/Wednesday, 29 May 2019/Categories: Latest News
How cows are managed during the transition period (4 weeks either side of calving) has a major influence on milk production and fertility in the following lactation. In practice in New Zealand, there are 3 key stages of management which help to achieve good transition.
Ask the cows if you have got it right by observing cow condition (be honest and use the guide), grazing behaviour, rumen fill, cud chewing activity and dung consistency. While in the paddock, ensure there is plenty of clean water available.
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Milk New Zealand managing director Terry Lee and agribusiness chief executive Justine Kidd launched their agreement to supply fresh milk into China at the company's farm just south of Hamilton.
Milk New Zealand's trade agreement with global online retailer Alibaba has been launched with millions of Chinese consumers tuning in to watch the event. The Chinese-owned company's Collins Road Farm is just south of Hamilton and its 29 New Zealand farms will supply Alibaba with fresh milk to be sold on its online platform.
Organisers of the launch rented a satellite facility for the day to enable it to be live streamed directly to China. In attendance were 10 of China's biggest social media influencers including Yuni and Joyce, who are known as the Chufei Churan twins in China. The pair are considered the Chinese Kardashians with social media follower numbers larger than New Zealand's entire population. They and other influencers videoed the event and the farm directly to their followers in China.Save
As more regions are reported on we are seeing a dramatic lift in spore counts. Make sure that your facial eczema preventative programme is well underway and that you are using proven zinc products such as MineralBoostG2 Zinc. MineralBoostG2 Zinc is registered with the ACVM as a veterinary medicine for the prevention of facial eczema and should be included in your next PKE or meal blend order, at 200gms per cow, per day.
The first report from Gribbles for facial eczema has now arrived. Of special note is that there are already hot areas within certain regions.
Don’t take risks with your livestock. Remember that 100 days at a count of 5,000 can be just a as damaging as a day at 500,000. The damage is cumulative and animals that are already sensitised earlier in the season or with previous liver damage of any cause are at greater risk when counts rise. Facial Eczema can be the biggest production killer on farms in the North Island and is very preventable.
Most farmers associate Facial Eczema with peeling skin but this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as production losses are concerned. The main damage cause by sporidesmin, a mycotoxin produced by the fungus Pithomyces chartarum, occurs in the bile ducts of the liver. Extensive liver damage has been occurring for at least 2 weeks by the time signs of photosensitivity occur, and only about a tenth of the cows with liver damage will show any signs of photosensitivity. Facial Eczema can cost our dairy industry as much as $100 million in a high challenge year.
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