New Zealand’s 4.8 million milking cows excrete 1000 tonnes of nitrogen a day in their urine and 200 tonnes of that ultimately ends up leaching into groundwater.
CRV Ambreed has determined the daily numbers using existing information related to milk urea concentration in daily bulk milk reports. The nitrogen numbers are large and the herd improvement company says it’s important to see them reduced.
CRV Ambreed’s head of R&D Phil Beatson says CRV Ambreed is encouraging conversations about how New Zealand dairy farmers could make use of the Milk Urea concentrati…read more ›
Every day farmers supplying Open Country Dairies, Fonterra, Synlait, Westland Milk Products and possibly other processors receive the Milk Urea concentration (MU) of their bulk milk sample which is also analysed for protein, fat and somatic cell content as the basis of their milk cheque. Across NZ the average MU value is 30 units.
MU gives us a good idea of how much Nitrogen is excreted in urine – this is called urinary nitrogen. Overseas plus limited NZ research shows a straight-line relationship between MU and grams of urinary nitrogen excreted per day per cow. On…read more ›
Stock agent Matt Brinsdon loves his job. He’s with Rural Livestock in Southland and has been working as a stock agent, based in Gore, for 12 years.
“It’s a busy job year-round, and the work varies depending on the time of year,” says Brinsdon. It involves everything from photographing and marketing calves and cows, to showing and selling stock to clients and sorting contracts. The period leading into May and June is always particularly busy, as cows and heifers change hands and are delivered to new owners.”
Brinsdon enjoys talking with farmers around the eastern …read more ›
Simon and Elle Clarke farm on 307 hectares at Hora Hora, near Cambridge, in the Waikato.
The Clarkes are in their fourth season at the farm, where they milk 480 dairy cows including 100 autumn calvers, 100 calves and 100 heifers. They average about 190,000kg/MS off the 480 cows a year.
It’s a beautiful place to live and work, located near Lake Karapiro, in the shadow of Mt Maungatautari.
The four Clarke children – Toby, 11; Hayley, 9; Harrison, 5; and Blake, 3 – love the farm lifestyle.
As well as growing their family, the Clarkes are dedicated to growing their h…
New Zealand dairy farmers must act now and use the right targeted genetics to breed cattle that are more resilient to facial eczema.
That’s the message from CRV Ambreed’s research and development manager Phil Beatson who believes the dairy industry could learn a great deal from the sheep industry to successfully increase tolerance this debilitating disease long-term.
Facial eczema (FE) is not only harmful for animals, but also incredibly stressful for farmers when their stock is affected.
It is caused by a toxin (sporisdesim) produced by the spores of the fung…read more ›