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To maintain an average daily weight gain of around 0.8kg/1.5lb per day, the calves should be fed a diet that combines 16-18% crude protein, 35% acid detergent fibre, and 11MJ ME/kg DM.
Right from the calf’s first moments of life, the right approach to feed is crucial for securing a high growth rate. You need to start the process of feeding for a high growth rate straight after birth:
Lifetime productivity starts when the calf is born. The better start in life you give your calves, the more likely they are to grow into healthy, productive and profitable assets. The future success of your dairy farm depends on the success of your calf management program. Continue reading
No two robotic dairy operations are the same. Every farm is as unique as the people who run them. In order to get the best return on your investment, it’s wise to research proven methods used by other farmers in … Continue reading
Peter and Kathryn Costello run a dairy operation in Tongala, Victoria, Australia. We asked them to share their story on their journey to automation and robotic milking as well as the development of a new invention, the mobile shade shed. … Continue reading
TMR (Total Mixed Ration) is not a new system; however there are Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that we must keep to to make the system work and be successful. What are our cows asking for? Two main points are often neglected : consistency and … Continue reading
Every day there is a problem we face…..unprofitable cows stealing feed on your dairy! These thieves are taking more than their fair share and costing you a fortune on an annual basis.
Is there a benefit in recording milk Fat and Protein for each and every cow, during each and every milking session, throughout the entire lactation?
As a farm manager, you ask yourself question regarding your business performance: Do I plan my culling events, or I’m forced in to? What is my milk price? Why although I give the best feed that cost me a lot … Continue reading
The often low life time yield per cow in modern dairy production is increasingly getting attention. The high turnover rate of dairy cows is part of the problem and obviously improvement of housing and management aiming at adding another healthy … Continue reading