In this issue...
Achieving wintering system performance targets
DairyNZ research has identified good management practices for the range of wintering systems.
Feeding for condition score gain
Achieving the recommended body condition score targets takes careful planning and consideration of the nutritive value of the feed ordered.
The effects of stand-off surfaces
Adequate rest is very important for dairy cows. But the increasing use of off-paddock systems can disrupt cows’ lying needs, resulting in stress, welfare compromise and lower production. Finding the right lying surface can make a difference.
Coldness as a welfare concern
Cold, wet and windy conditions can result in compromised welfare. Proactive management is needed to mitigate the effects of cold stress.
Snippets of hot science.