Dairy Focus Blog
- Published: 24 January 2017
Paul milks about 600 cows through a large herringbone dairy in Northern Victoria.
The farm’s Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) and number of clinical cases of mastitis had been climbing steadily throughout the wet winter and spring, and it was failing to respond to everything the farm team had tried.
In our initial discussion with Paul, one sentence described the level of frustration and exhaustion for everyone on the farm – “We have hit the wall!!!”
- Published: 19 November 2016
Recently, I dropped one of the family cars into the service centre in the morning for what I expected to be a normal routine service.
It was a big surprise a couple of hours later to sit listening on one end of the phone as the mechanic ran through a list of items on the car that needed attention.
But my mood seriously worsened when he told me the total estimated cost!
- Published: 18 November 2016
There are a few places left at a Cups On Cups Off course arranged by the Dairy Focus team to run on November 29th & 30th at Tallygaroopna in Nth Vic.
This is a great opportunity to attend a Cups On Cups Off course trained by Rod Dyson with Rob Moyle present to answer all your machine queries.
Contact the Dairy Focus office on 03 5859 0706 or NCDEA/GoTafe if you are interested in this last course before the end of the year.
- Published: 20 September 2016
"We work really hard to get the cell count down, and then it just takes off on us, and we don't seem to be able to stop it."
The frustration was clearly obvious at a meeting with the farm team on this 300 cow farm.
"How can it spread so quickly?"
- Published: 16 September 2016
Some of our dairy regions have experienced a wet winter for the first time in a number of years, and many farms have found it a test of their patience as well as a test of their infrastructure and systems.
One of the issues associated with the wet weather has been an increase in milk quality problems in terms of both mastitis and Bactoscan results on some farms.
As the spring calving winds down, it is an ideal opportunity for each farm to consider that calving period in terms of milk quality outcomes.
How many cases of mastitis occurred during that calving period? How many is too many?
- Published: 07 September 2016
Wet weather and mud has returned with a vengeance, and many farms will now be calving cows in these conditions.
The most common cause of mastitis around calving, both clinical cases and new subclinical infections, is Streptococcus uberis (Strep uberis). This is an environmental organism passed in the faeces of cattle, so the major source of these mastitis infections on the farm is from contamination of teats with faeces and mud.
- Published: 01 July 2016
Dictionaries variously describe the meaning of the word “residue” as being a “remnant”, or “something which remains after a part is removed”.
Prior to July 1945, no human had radioactive residues due to nuclear weapons.
However, the situation now is dramatically different - every human on earth has some level of residue in their body from the fallout of nuclear weapons.
- 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.