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Farm systems and driving revenue – Pip Gale

Pip starts the session by outlining some key factors that we need to reach broad agreement about with regard to dairy productivity and profitability. “Can we agree that”…. 1) The three bottom lines of animal welfare, environmental and economic sustainability are created by the management of biological production systems. 2) Cutting all costs contravenes point

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Transition Feeding – Sue Macky

Sue Macky discussed the challenges she has come across and highlights areas to focus on during transition feeding in an interactive session. She bounces from nutritional aspects to animal behaviour and cow comfort, to the animal health challenges. Sharing the key components, she looks at and emphasises the importance of going back to basics and

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Transition cow diets and phosphorus – Pip Gale

Pip scene set this presentation by proposing that we are hit with “data overload/decision paralysis” around what to do with options facing us regarding transition cow management programmes. “Winning” with regard to good outcomes from excellent transition management means limiting the of incidence of metabolic disease to <1%, supporting optimum DMI through understanding the “HOT”

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The Dairy NZ lameness calculator – Katie Saunders

Katie Saunders, previously worked with Dairy NZ, shared an overview of how the lameness calculator functions. The cost of lameness is beyond the inital drop in milk production. Katie shares how lameness the short term pain relief NZARN members a copy of the presentation is available below if you are logged in. Non-members looking for

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The Real Cost of Inflammation. Dr. Megan Abeyta

Dr Megan Abeyta recently completed her PhD under the supervision of Lance Baumgard focused on the impact of inflammation. To set the scene, Dr. Abeyta outlines the importance of the GIT in every animal. With 70% of the immune system located in the GIT, any damage to the protection barrier throughout the track can lead

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Energy Prediction from Feed Supplements. Dr. Bill Weiss

Dr. Bill Weiss is a Professor emeritus of dairy cattle nutrition at The Ohio State University. He worked extensively in the areas of minerals and vitamins on cow health, forage, feed evaluation and methods to incorporate variability into ration formulation for dairy cattle. Dr. Weiss has published more than 140 journal articles and 450 proceedings

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