Dairy Focus Blog
- Published: 22 June 2016
The last significant in-season drop in the price of milk to suppliers was in 2008, and that doesn’t take a long memory to recall – it is hardly ancient history!
The price drop in 2008 triggered a range of responses, some of which produced significant lessons which shouldn’t be forgotten.
In terms of milk quality and mastitis control there are three lessons that should probably be recalled now to avoid history repeating itself.
- Published: 15 April 2016
“We draft them off as we milk, then when we’ve finished milking the rest, we just bring them back on the platform and dry cow them.”
Wait a moment – did I hear that correctly? If so, you better stop right now and think about that!!
- Published: 15 March 2016
For many Australian herds, dry-off time for the spring calving cows is now approaching.
For each cow, drying-off is the single biggest opportunity to make a difference.
Not only is it the best chance to change the infection status of a cow, it is also the best chance to reduce the risk of mastitis at the subsequent calving.
- Published: 15 February 2016
During a recent farm visit, routine milking time testing of the milking machines in this dairy quickly showed that the system vacuum was at 39 kPa – very low for a highline swingover herringbone!
We immediately went looking for the dairy’s vacuum gauge, and after a brief Sherlock Holmes detective effort, we finally found the gauge way up high in the middle of a mass of pipework, facing towards one side of the herringbone.
- 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.