Every day the cow reports what is happening in the digestive tract by leaving dung behind in the paddock. You as farmer can determine the health of the digestive system by looking at the consistency of the manure every day.
Can you afford to let this predicted $6.50+ payout slide by with average cow performance and reproduction results similar to last year? What would an improvement in these areas mean for your farm?
Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the animal body, with about 80% found in the bones and teeth (Suttle, 2010).
A moderate deficiency in P may be associated with cows not conceiving when mated, while a more severe deficiency can extend postpartum anestrus (non-cycling activity post calving) due to inactive ovaries.
Cows don’t like warm weather. When temperatures exceed 20 degrees Celsius in combination with moderate humidity, they become stressed.
When looking at north island pastures in the last week, we have noticed an increase of seed head in the paddocks.
Weekly farm walks should be done religiously as pasture is the biggest feed source on the farm and managing surpluses and deficits are vital when it comes to managing pasture quality and feeding a high quality diet.