Category: Dairy

Methane — Not Just Hot Air

With the topic of methane reduction being widely discussed in both Australia and internationally, the Riverina Stockfeeds Nutrition Team has provided a guide to understanding where methane comes from and how farmers can reduce ruminant methane emissions. Where does methane come from? Methane is a natural gas that’s produced by microbes through the process of… Read more »

Heat Stress Management in Dairy Cattle

Heat stress in dairy cows is a challenge that dairy farmers face each year during the warmer months. These seasonal conditions can greatly affect production, cow health and performance. Management of heat stress in dairy herds is critical to minimise production losses and to ensure good animal welfare. Heat Load Heat stress is a physiological… Read more »

Herd your cattle towards healthy gestation

During the cooler seasons, cereal crops and green pastures typically experience a decline in uptake of minerals from the soil. The high moisture content and low dry matter of lush pasture allows feed to pass through the rumen faster, which decreases the animals ability to absorb important nutrients. Availability of essential nutrients declines significantly, particularly… Read more »

Magnesium Deficiency – Grass Tetany

Cattle store very little magnesium in their body and rely on Magnesium being supplied daily in their feed. If pasture levels are low this can trigger a deficiency. Symptoms include: Sudden deaths. Early signs…facial & ear twitching. Become agitated with sounds or movement eg Handling, birds flying overhead. Staggering as it becomes worse. Lying on… Read more »

Maintaining butterfat

The most common cause of low butterfat is a shortage of roughage leading to acidic conditions in the rumen. Roughage keeps the cow chewing her cud and in doing so she id producing copious quantities of saliva containing bicarbonate which buffers the rumen. The amount of bicarb you can add in the feed can be… Read more »