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Biosecurity on Dairy Farms

With last year’s outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis in South Canterbury bringing this conversation back into the limelight, it’s more important than ever for farmers to be aware of the risk and do what they can to prevent future outbreaks.

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How you can improve milking on your dairy farm

Many farmers will admit that they love the work they do but making the most of every day usually means starting at around 4am, and often finishing early evening. Whether it’s a simple change in technique or the adoption of new equipment, here are some efficiency-improving ideas worth considering.

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What are you doing to be sustainable?

Over the last few years, the farming sector has increasingly come under pressure to become a more sustainable industry. However, there are ways that farmers can go above and beyond what’s required. Let’s take a look at a few different options that can assist in key areas.

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Dairy Cattle NZ - Crossbred Cows

Crossbred cows account for 48% of the national herd, by far the largest ’breed’ in New Zealand. Part three of the Dairy Cattle Breeds in NZ, here’s a brief rundown on the crossbred cow.

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Dairy cattle NZ - Holstein Friesian cows

New Zealand is home to 4.86 million dairy cows spread over 11,748 dairy farms. Most people have an idea what a dairy cow is, and what they do, but far fewer know the characteristics that differentiate the various breeds from each other. Here’s a brief rundown on some of the breeds of cow you may see on farms around the country.

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Dairy cattle NZ - Jersey cows

Most have an idea what a dairy cow is, however, few can differentiate between the various breeds. So here’s a brief rundown of the Jersey breed.

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Getting your dairy farm ready for spring

With calving season well underway, spring is the busiest and sometimes most stressful time of the year on dairy farms. Here are some useful tips for getting your farm ready for spring.

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