Dairy Focus Blog
- Published: 15 December 2015
Recently, I was returning home from two farm visits at which I discovered that both farms had been dutifully replacing their rubber teat cup liners every twelve months, just as they had done for many years.
While I was contemplating liner change intervals in the car, I passed a car on the side of the road accompanied by a police car with lights flashing.
Because the traffic was slow, I observed the driver and the policeman having what appeared to be an animated discussion whilst pointing to what were obviously very bald tyres on the car.
- Published: 16 November 2015
Once again, this could be a long, hot summer.
Farms expecting these conditions will now be making plans to help the cows cope with the heat, especially in those regions where temperatures and/or humidity can be extreme.
For those farms wanting more information, or to check their current strategy, Dairy Australia's Cool Cows website (www.coolcows.com.au) is a fabulous resource with a large amount of information to assist herds in managing heat stress.
- Published: 15 October 2015
“It” happened last year.
Actually, “it” has happened each year for a number of years.
So “it” will probably happen again this year!
What is “it”? Will you be affected by “it” this year?
Each year we see a number of farms where a mating synchrony program has been accompanied by an outbreak of clinical mastitis – either during the mating program, or immediately after.
- Published: 02 September 2015
Two intra-mammary mastitis treatments are currently either in very short supply or out of stock at both the manufacturers and wholesalers in Australia, and are expected to be for some time - some months at least, and experience tells us that these predicted dates are often very optimistic!
As is commonly the case, this happened with very little warning, which means that whatever stock is currently at your vet is likely to be all that is available and may not last long.
Once these stocks at your vet are exhausted, there will only be one once-a-day intra-mammary treatment available, so if your management revolves around once-a-day intra-mammary treatments, this would then become your only option.
- Published: 22 August 2015
In most areas, spring calving is well under way, so now is a good time to be very aware of how much mastitis is occurring at calving time, and to be ready to act if necessary.
Countdown has given us a set of "triggers" to indicate when there could be a significant problem which is likely to be worth looking into.
- Published: 07 June 2015
For many Australian herds, dry-off time for the spring calving cows is now upon us.
Drying-off is your single biggest opportunity to change the infection status of cows, and should probably be thought of not just as the end of one lactation, but actually as the start of the next lactation!
Because it is a significant investment of money, as well as time & effort, it is probably worth thinking about what you do and how you do it.
- Published: 07 June 2015
Q. "Do you need teat wipes with your dry cow?"
A. "No, I've got plenty at home."
This conversation always worries us!
- Published: 31 July 2014
Many herds have either just started spring calving or are just about to, and in many cases that will be in wet & muddy conditions.
For each cow, the calving period (2 weeks before calving until 2 weeks after) is the highest risk period for new mastitis infections, and wet conditions significantly increase that risk of mastitis.
Most new mastitis infections in this calving period are likely to be environmental (commonly Strep uberis), and for this infection to occur, the teat must come into contact with contaminated material (generally mud and/or faeces).