1. Using data for mastitis detection

    On-farm technologies can measure individual cow performance and behaviour on a daily basis.

  2. Antibiotics: changing how we look after dairy cows

    Learn how to better target dairy cows for antibiotic treatments, to help halt the spread of antibiotic resistance and reduce our reliance on these drugs.

  3. Prudent use of dry cow antibiotics - what does this mean?

    International calls for “prudent” or “judicious” use of antibiotics for food production animals will have implications for how we manage mastitis in NZ dairy herds.

  4. Prudent use of antibiotics

    To prepare for a future that may require more prudent use of antibiotics, DairyNZ has begun research to provide better information on the use of antibiotics and non-antibiotic alternatives at drying off.

  5. The best preparation you can do

    The dry period is an opportunity to ‘prep’ the cow for the coming lactation. General guidance is given here on what should be done, why and when.

  6. Changing how we use antibiotics

    Despite huge successes, antibiotic use in food production animals is increasingly problematic.

  7. Genetic markers of mastitis resistance

    Mastitis in dairy cows compromises animal welfare and results in significant economic loss.

  8. Pills, potions and powders in mastitis management

    Eric Hillerton, DairyNZ Chief Scientist reviews technologies and controls for mastitis management.

  9. Mastitis focus adds value

    A new tool will provide dairy farmers with a clearer picture of their herd's udder health, enabling them to act faster and more effectively to reduce mastitis levels.

  10. Project highlights how to fix mastitis

    A Bay of Plenty project has shown it's possible to reduce mastitis, given the right tools, a plan and a team that's motivated to change.

  11. Finding a new normal for mastitis

    Waikato dairy farmers Stewart and Kathryn Anderson no longer dread late night phone calls from their milk supply company.

  12. Spring SCC predicts autumn headaches

    Dealing with the underlying causes of mastitis in your herd will help make lasting headway.

  13. Mastitis

    Udder health and milk quality are important to farm productivity and profitability.

  14. Managing animal health

    Ensuring animal health issues are dealt with effectively is very important, particularly as herd sizes become larger.

  15. Cluster removal

    All milkers should know how to remove clusters correctly - clusters which are left on too long result in over-milking, liner creep and teat end damage.

  16. Teat Spraying

    Teat spraying is critical for maintaining teat skin health and controlling mastitis during lactation.

  17. Teat washing

    Teat preparation before milking can involve the cleaning and/or massaging of teats before the cups are attached.

  18. Cluster attachment

    Attaching clusters is a major part of the milking routine and if not done correctly can cause teat damage, cup slipping, and lead to mastitis.

  19. Drying off - making it count

    National average somatic cell count (SCC) levels have dropped considerably over the past few years. The dairy industry is on target to reach a national average bulk milk SCC of 150,000 cells/ml by 2016. DairyNZ senior scientist Jane Lacy-Hulburt outlines seven focus areas to fine-tune your dry cow approach and get the most out of your time and money.