Katie Saunders, Animal Care Team Developer, DairyNZ Things change over time, animal welfare is no different. Over the years there has been more clarity as to what positive animal welfare looks like. The five freedoms of animal welfare have been defined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort,
K. Garrett, A. Greer, C. Logan and P. Gregorini, Lincoln University Hypothesis: Conventional farming aims to meet nutrient requirements of the average animal. Dietary diversity and variety could improve health and welfare, product quality and bring environmental benefits. Methods: 7 rams were allocated each to 1. variety, 2. monotonous mix, 3. monotony ryegrass for 40
Cows utilise different places on a farm quite differently when given access to high country. This is thought to be due to different grazing personalities.
NZ has a high proportion of green house gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. This is unique when compared to other developed countries.
While the number of cows in NZ has increased over the past 20 years, the milk production per cow has not increased at the same rate.
Fodder beet has a key role to play in our future systems, BUT its use must be fit for purpose and strategic. Farmers need to know the quality of their crops and supplements. The proportion in the diet and type and quality of supplements are key drivers to good animal performance outcomes.