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Fodder beet in dairy systems: A Research Update

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.

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Lambs and High Quality Forages

Charlotte Westwood BVSc, MANZCFS, PhD, Veterinary Nutritionist; PGG Wrightson Seeds Key drivers for gaining efficiency from high quality forages are getting more lambs finished rather than sold as store, and earlier (which reduces parasite loading), and hogget mating options. Crop options include chicory, plantain, brassicas and irrigated short rotation pastures, with the aim of more

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Positive welfare and good life opportunities

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,

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A varied diet for improved animal performance, nutrient use efficiency, and welfare

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

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