dairy calf on straw bedding

The missing link in healthy calf rearing

The mantra with rearing healthy calves is well established (Moran 2002, p. 117,199); Keep calves warm, dry and sheltered Maximise acquired immunity through colostrum and vaccination Minimise exposure to pathogens until calves develop their own immunity Dairy farmers appreciate the …

Mycotoxins can impact animal health in a number of ways

The impact of mycotoxins on animal health

Author: Dr. Alexandra Weaver, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Mycotoxins are a common concern for feed quality and animal safety worldwide. Mycotoxins can exert their effects on animals in many ways: change feeding behavior, reduce growth and efficiency, alter intestinal structure or …

Continuing drought in subtropical areas is cause for concern for dairy farmers

Lifting milk production in subtropical dairy cows

THE continuing drought in subtropical dairy regions continues to provide challenges in the nutritional management of dairy cows. Grain prices are coming down which will make formulating increased starch levels more attractive to meet the energy requirements of cows during …

Calving is one of the most stressful times

Backgrounding cattle – health management

Author: Dr. Shelby Roberts Calving is coming to an end, giving producers the ability to breathe and recover from, arguably, their most stressful time of year. However, for the calves they are raising, the most stressful period is yet to come. …

A young weaner lamb

Supplamins MidMag to assist weight gains during weaning

It is well established that Magnesium has a role in general metabolism as well as being involved in the maintenance of nervous function. Independent research in Australia has shown that supplementing the magnesium intakes of pregnant ewes results in a …

Incidence of Fusarium on wheat

Impact of Mycotoxins on Beef Cattle

Author: Toby Doak, Alltech Lienert Australia Mycotoxin related health issues in beef cattle can cause illness in the animals and impact the immune system, performance and consequently reduce growth rates and increase production costs. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites secreted by moulds, …

Lower Salmonella, higher profits on the dairy farm

Calf health – Salmonella

Lower Salmonella, higher profits on the dairy farm Both sub-clinical and clinical Salmonella infections can severely impact profit on a dairy farm. As a result, milk production losses, reduction in feed efficiency, foetal abortions and even death can occur, leading …