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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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Management for improved fertility and lifetime productivity in grazing dairy cows: latest NZ research – Claire Phyn, Dairy NZ

Claire Phyn, senior scientist at DairyNZ presented about an 8 year research programme funded by MBIE and NZ dairy farmers through DairyNZ Inc. It aimed to provide management and genetic solutions to improve cow health, fertility and longevity. Claire reported about 1. Effect of carbohydrate type (starch vs fibre) on reproduction 2. Hyperketonaemia (subclinical ketosis) and 3. Feeding synthetic zeolite pre-calving

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Mycoplasma bovis – a personal US experience, Sue Macky

In the 1970’s in mid-west US, most cows were kept in tie stall barns where physical contact between cows and the spread of M bovis were very limited.  The death rate of young calves was reduced with the move to individual hutches and no physical contact, and pasteurising milk.  In the 1980’s if mastitis didn’t

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Feeding Fodder Beet to Cows – Rumen pH during transition from pasture.

In this session Dr. Garry Waghorn updated the membership on research pertaining to feeding fodder beet to cows.  Some of the key messages include: Not all fodder beets are created equally; nutritional composition varies considerably.  Feed testing is warranted. There are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to how fodder beet behaves within the rumen.  Individual cows with rumen

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