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Know-how worth having

Top Farmers Know-How is a reference library of industry best practice for some key animal health management areas. These management areas require real investment in time and money today to reach future goals.

MASTITIS

MASTITIS SERIES: WHAT IS MASTITIS?

Mastitis is the most common disease of dairy cattle. This video reviews the basics of what causes mastitis, and an overview of how to approach mastitis management. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

Mastitis is the most common disease of dairy cattle. This video reviews the basics of what causes mastitis, and an overview of how to approach mastitis management.

MASTITIS SERIES: FIND MASTITIS IN THE MILKING SHED

The milking shed is ground zero for finding mastitis. This video reviews the tools and techniques available for identifying infected cows at milking. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

The milking shed is ground zero for finding mastitis. This video reviews the tools and techniques available for identifying infected cows at milking.

MASTITIS SERIES: PREVENT MASTITIS OVER CALVING

The period around calving is the highest risk time for mastitis. This video covers off some tips for preventing mastitis during this stressful period. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

The period around calving is the highest risk time for mastitis. This video covers off some tips for preventing mastitis during this stressful period.

MASTITIS SERIES: Prevent Mastitis During Lactation

Mastitis management and prevention is a year-round task. This video reviews some best practice tips for preventing mastitis between the end of the calving period and dry-off. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

Mastitis management and prevention is a year-round task. This video reviews some best practice tips for preventing mastitis between the end of the calving period and dry-off.

Even top farms have a few cases of mastitis each season, so this video is a handy review of treatment best-practice, including how to give intra-mammary antibiotics. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

Even top farms have a few cases of mastitis each season, so this video is a handy review of treatment best-practice, including how to give intra-mammary antibiotics.

Dry Cow Therapy

Insert dry cow therapy

Best practice dry cow therapy insertion pays off now and next season. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

Want to increase herd health and milk quality next season? It's easy to assume that we're all drying cows off the most effective way, but going back and reviewing the basics can have benefits. At the end of the day, getting this right could add hugely to your stock health and milk yields.

Manage the herd for dry-off

Fine-tune herd management before and after dry-off to help your dry cow therapy do its job. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

How valuable is your herd to you? The success of your drying-off can depend on the overall health of the herd. Let’s look at some whole herd management tips, because getting this right could add hugely to your stock health and milk yields.

Get more from dry cow therapy

What should you expect from your dry cow therapy? What do different products do? See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

You gain from less mastitis. Because curing existing mastitis infections and preventing new infections is a huge part of dry-off, here’s a helpful guide reviewing antibiotic and teat-sealant application. Managing this well could add hugely to your stock health and milk yields.

Have a useful dry cow consult

How to prepare for your dry cow consult to make the most of face time with your vet. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

How to get the most from your vet consult. There are some fundamental things you can do to maximise the value from your vet consultations. Here are some tips and suggestions for things to talk about the next time you see your vet. Ultimately, managing this well could add hugely to your stock health and milk yields.

Calf‑Health

Calf hygiene

Practical tips for how to manage calf pens and clean equipment to limit the spread of scours. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

Hygiene – one crucial discipline in the fight against scours. Simple, systematic practices that save time, money, stress... and calves.

Colostrum management

The 3 Q’s of colostrum management, plus tips to manage them. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

Colostrum – one key ingredient to bolster the immature immune system of new-born calves. With around 1/3 of calves in New Zealand lacking good quality colostrum soon after birth... there are three Qs that provide a memorable framework for healthier calves.

Identify and treat scours

Knowing what to do at the first sign of calf scours will save you stress this season. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

Hydration and electrolyte management – two critical factors in preventing the on-set of scours. Here we cover some best practices, but also the tell-tale signs of scours... plus some effective responses. Ultimately every farm benefits from having healthier, more productive calves refreshing herds.

BVD

What is BVD

This video will help you understand BVD (a complicated and costly disease) and develop a BVD control plan for your farm. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

BVD infections can be disruptive and costly. Finding and controlling PI (Persistently Infected) stock on your farm is an essential start. Having clear and effective interventions in place, start with better understanding of the virus itself. To watch click the video keyframe provided.

Test for and control BVD

BVD is widespread in NZ. Learn how to test and then find and eliminate persistently infected (PI’s) animals to manage BVD on your farm. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

BVD is widespread in New Zealand, with 95% of Dairy herds showing evidence of past exposure. Understanding the critical periods for intervention can be hugely helpful, plus knowing what your key targets and controls might be. To watch click the video keyframe provided.

Biosecurity for BVD

Biosecurity strategies to help control BVD. Here we share a 3-step biosecurity framework (IN/OUT/OVER) that will help prevent BVD on your farm. See VIDEO & FACT SHEET

With biosecurity as such a hot topic in the Dairy industry, knowing how to apply measures to prevent BVD infections will be a top priority. Here we share a 3-step biosecurity framework (IN/OUT/OVER) that will help prevent 'direct' and 'indirect' BVD stock contact on your farm. To watch click the video keyframe provided.