Back to basics with calf rearing in New Zealand

Back to basics with calf rearing in New Zealand

Back to basics with calf rearing in New Zealand When a delegation from Ireland’s Bonanza Calf Nutrition visited New Zealand to learn more about dairy and calf rearing there, one was thing immediately clear. Focusing on the basics pays dividends. As with all calf...
Farmer Meetings 2019

Farmer Meetings 2019

Farmer Meetings Farmer Meetings   Bonanza Calf Nutrition and Thompsons Feeding Innovation are running a series of Farmer Meetings on calf health. The sessions will cover how improvements in dry cow management, vaccination, housing, colostrum, transition milk and...
Guide to transition milk

Guide to transition milk

Guide to transition milk Transition milk is the milk cows produce after colostrum and before what we consider ‘whole milk’. The one key aspect of colostrum is that it contains the antibodies, Immunoglobulin G (IgG) which are necessary to kick start the immune system...
Calving time

Calving time

Calving time Although it may not seem so, the perinatal period is the most risky period in the life of a calf. Getting a live calf on the ground is crucial in all our books, however ensuring the calf doesn’t contract disease when it gets there is another imperative...
Are your calves getting enough colostrum?

Are your calves getting enough colostrum?

Are your calves getting enough colostrum? Colostrum management for newborn calves remains a problem on many farms. The modern dairy cow doesn’t share the same level of maternal instinct as her predecessor. She may produce a greater volume of colostrum but it is more...
Value of a calf sick bay

Value of a calf sick bay

Value of a calf sick bay What is the first thing we do when we see a sick calf, well normally the calf is treated. But in most cases the calf is left among his currently healthy companions.   We know the calf is sick because if it has pneumonia we can see that it is...