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Gallagaher 005HR fencing solar panels
12
Feb

Westonfence separates bulls from cycling cows perfectly

Knowing they can run bulls and cycling heifers or cows side by side if they need to, is good peace of mind for Hamish and Hayley Thompson — as is not having had to fix a short in four years. The couple runs “Belang”, 12km south of Coolah, NSW on the Black Stump Way, with...
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Pre-feedlot vaccination - cattle in Queensland by water
12
Feb

Pre-feedlot vaccination is now more flexible

Now there’s 14-180 days between doses allowing vaccination at weaning. Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) causes between 50% and 90%1 of sickness and death in Australian feedlots, and it’s estimated to cost the Beef Industry $60 million annually2. BRD is a complex disease involving many contributing factors that, if combined, compromise the respiratory defences of affected...
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Australian Live Cattle Exports to China Graph
12
Feb

A cut in China livestock tariffs a big deal… or not?

According to the Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) it was agreed last November that China would cut the 10% tariff on live feeder and slaughter sheep and cattle imports by January 2019. Is this a big deal, or not? Breeding cattle dominate the Australian live export trade with China. In 2016, Australia had its second biggest...
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Dr Matthew Ball of with two cows
12
Feb

Don’t vaccinate without Multimin

Many people may be shocked to find out that vaccines are not 100% effective 100% of the time. In a field study1, in which Virbac co-operated with the DPI, it was discovered that almost one third of cattle vaccinated weren’t actually protected from the disease. “It’s a little shocking, but not entirely unexpected,” said Dr...
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van Ras farm cows drinking water
12
Feb

Success at test farm sees increase in production and creates buzz in the market

Richard van Ras and his son Johan, milk around 220 cows on their 77-hectare family farm in Morrinsville, in New Zealand’s Waikato region. This is their eighth season and, until now, the farm’s water quality hasn’t been up to scratch with high levels of iron and manganese which, although common in the area, can be...
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