Grant Rennie, AgResearch, is conducting research on this option, we will find out what they are investigating. The Zimbabwe-born dairy farmer loves the ever-changing rural landscape of Otautau in … Use it for collecting information on the go, even when you're out of wifi or mobile coverage. The Dairy Event Calendar's purpose is to allow farmers to get a more comprehensive view of event activity in their area, and to help event planners avoid scheduling clashes. Dave Clark (former DairyNZ scientist) will look at the opportunities and challenges of de-intensifying, mainly by reducing your feed inputs and/or stocking rate, and the outcomes of doing it. Come along to gain an insight into his operation. For any enquires about your dairy animals get in touch. What are the pros and cons, how can you determine which options are the best fit for your farm system? Allflex, IDEXX and MSD Animal Health are proud to deliver this practical on-farm workshop focused on how technology is a game changer and the importance of the BVD dairy framework. Owl Farm has been trialling a variety of these strategies, Tom Buckley, farm manager, will share their experiences and the data they have collected. Graeme has planted some trial bananas - a novel forage which could also provide an excellent use for his effluent. The Dairy Event Calendar's purpose is to allow farmers to get a more comprehensive view of event activity in their area, and to help event planners avoid scheduling clashes. Please list your event here. Copthorne Hotel in Masterton. All AI, sexed semen, beef breeds? Morning tea and lunch provided. Come along for a social catch up and BBQ for Christmas. The criteria for events to be loaded is that they are dairy focused, have strong farmer relevance and benefits, and are centered around improving farmer knowledge (not sales). Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards dinner. More details coming to the website - get the dates in your calendar. A second webinar is scheduled for Thursday 13 May, 7-8.30pm. New chair as NZAEL enters exciting next phase 14 October 2020 A new chairman has been announced for dairy cattle breeding entity, NZAEL. Come and join us - Its the last group for the area before Christmas. Farm systems on the farm and what makes this farm tick. $125pp Farmers/Members (remainder funded by Ballance Agri-Nutrients). A frosty period is very useful here, because the fields wil… Consider giving long acting Selenium and Copper bullets to calves Share some Christmas cheer with your community - its the last discussion group for the year! More detail to come as the programmes develop. Welcome to the Dairy Events Calendar, a useful tool to help you view and plan event activities from a wide range of organisations. When you reach 100 points, we'll give you a $5 Reward. Practical demonstration on how to use Allflex TSUs, How to optimise a vaccination programme for their herd. Consider giving long acting Selenium and Copper bullets to calves, Continue with your calf drenching programme, Calves should start their lepto programme in January or February, Cows and heifers will need a lepto booster in the next 1-3 months, Book in early pregnancy testing for foetal ageing 12-15 weeks after the PSM, Reduced induction allowance requires shorter mating periods, consider removing the bulls early, Remove bulls from the dairy platform when mating finishes, Calves should start their lepto programme if not already started, Cows and heifers will need a lepto booster in the next 1-2 months, Monitor calves for polio/PEM – signs include blindness, staggering, and stargazing, Heifer PD’s can start 6 weeks after bull removal, Update your MINDA records with your clinical mastitis cases, Dry off cows with a BCS of 3.0 or lower at the start of the month, Arrange a herd test to assist in culling and dry cow therapy decisions, Restart magnesium supplementation to prevent Autumn metabolics, Final PD to identify late calving cows, inductions, and empties, Book an InCalf consult with your prime vet to review your reproductive performance following your final PD, Clearly mark and identify any cows that are dried off early with dry cow therapy, Consider combination therapy (antibiotic + teatseal) in early dried off cows, Dry off cows with a BCS of 3.5 or lower at the start of the month, Body Condition Score your herd and plan for strategic early dry-off of light cows, to ensure cows can reach their calving targets, Final lepto boosters for calves if not already completed, Consider a second whole herd PD to detect foetal loss before winter, Dry off cows with high SCC or producing less than 5L per day, Record all clinical mastitis cases into MINDA in preparation for your Annual Mastitis Review, Book in Annual Mastitis Review with your prime vet, Dry off cows with a BCS of 4.0 or lower at the start of the month, Heifers can be teatsealed from May onwards, Weigh calves to ensure they are on target (consider Growright), Consider a late whole herd PD to detect foetal loss before winter, Consider salmonella vaccination (sensitizer) if abortion or cow deaths were an issue last season, Book in Tracecheck or Optigrow liver biopsies for pre-winter Trace Element monitoring, Reduce feed intake for the last week of milking, Body Condition Score your herd before they go to the run-off, Get a baseline Body Condition Score done at the start of the wintering period to calculate daily feed requirement/ allocation, Sort your Rotavec orders, should be administered 3 weeks prior to calving, Book in your RVM (restricted veterinary medicine) consult with your prime vet, Consider lice treatment if a pour-on drench was not used pre-dryoff, Test crops and pasture for nitrate levels monitor cows for signs of toxicity, Get a Body Condition Score done at the start of July to monitor condition gain/ wintering programme (calving target = 5.0 - 5.5 for cows and 5.5 – 6.0 for heifers), Start Magnesium supplementation 3-4 weeks before the planned start of calving, Inject cows with selenium 2-4 weeks prior to calving if no selenium administered over the Winter period, Enrol staff for the Spring Seminar for Workers, Rotavec should be administered 3 weeks prior to calving, Run Induction cows as a separate mob – must be 8-12 weeks from calving at the time of the first injection, Weigh calves to evaluate wintering programme (consider Growright), A blood test can be performed on 15 yearling calves to determine BVD status of the group, Get a Body Condition Score done on your Springer and Dry Cows to assess the success of your wintering programme, Arrange for a blood test of Colostrum cows as part of the Tracecheck programme to assess transition management and mineral status, Identify and mark all cows calved before the midpoint and arrange to metricheck this group 2 weeks after the last cow has calved, A BVD sensitiser needs to be given to unvaccinated heifers, cows, and bulls 8 weeks prior to the start of mating, Yearlings can be given another shot of long acting selenium to set them up for mating, Monitor your BMSCC and discuss with your prime vet if rising or grading, Start calf debudding and give your Covexin (clostridial) sensitiser vaccination, Avoid grazing effluent paddocks with colostrum and springer cows, Tail paint should be applied 35 days before the planned start of mating to identify pre-mating heats, A BVD booster vaccination should be given 3-5 weeks before the PSM if in a programme, Metricheck the second half of your herd/ later calving cows 2 weeks after they have calved, Sign up for the BVD bulk milk monitoring package, Weigh yearlings prior to the mating period (consider Growright), Check cow teat health – greater than 1 in 15 lesions can be indicative of plant or liner issues, Arrange for pre-mating bloods to be taken (as part of Tracecheck) to check trace elements levels, Discuss heifer mating synchrony programmes with your vet, especially if considering a double shot PG programme, Organise a pre-mate InCalf consult with your prime vet, Get a Body Condition Score done on your herd to see if they have reached targets for the PSM (target = 4.5 for cows, 5.0 for heifers), Industry target is for 75% of your herd to have had a pre-mating heat 10 days before the PSM, Non-cyclers should be examined/treated before the 10th day of mating to ensure they are mated within the first 3 weeks (should be calved >35 days), Consider a PG programme in heifers after 6 days of mating to condense your AI period, Run light and younger cows separately over the mating period, Metricheck your late calving cows 2 weeks after the last one has calved, Train all staff in heat detection and drafting during mating, Booster vaccinate your calves with Covexin/ clostridial vaccine, Examine remaining non-cyclers on day 24-25 of mating, Continue to teatspray after every milking for the whole of the season, Monitor for pink-eye in calves, consider vaccination in at-risk mobs, Maintain heat detection as a priority for the second 3 weeks (don’t let standards slip), Discuss lameness prevention with staff (consider Healthy Hoof), Herds identified with high/toxic copper levels last Autumn should be liver biopsied again in December, Ensure sufficient bulls to follow up AI.