FROM THE LIP: Non-compliant behaviour has to change

The latest bobby calf cruelty video released by Farmwatch is yet again another salutary reminder of how careful farmers and farming have to be in an age where social media rules and where the consumer is king.

New bobby calf footage unacceptable

New footage of cruelty to bobby calves was unacceptable and did not represent the majority of farmers, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says.

Rongotea sale October 19

While there were more cattle on offer at Wednesday’s Rongotea sale prices held in line with the last sale, Tristan Gordon from New Zealand Farmers Livestock reported.

Lorneville sale October 18

Prime cattle featured at Lorneville on Tuesday with quality lines continuing to sell well.

Feilding sale October 17

The cattle pens were just about empty at Feilding last Monday – all the action was in the sheep pens with another sizeable yarding of prime hoggets.

Calf milk powder shortage dire

Calf rearers battling a shortage of milk powder are unlikely to get a reprieve this season with a major retailer warning product delays could continue for another four weeks.

LETTER: Polled calves

In reference to your story, New genetics guarantees polled calves, Farmers Weekly, October 20.

Horn-free for new genetics release

Latest genetics developed by CRV Ambreed signal what the company’s head geneticist Phil Beatson says is a shift in dairy farmers’ focus when it comes to choosing future bloodlines.

New feeder gives calf development insight

Lely introduces a new automated calf feeder – the Calm Control. The Lely Calm supplies calves with precisely what they need, when they need it.

Milk is always provided at the correct volume and temperature to ensure maximum benefit, to help the calf grow and develop into a profitable dairy cow.

The various Lely Calm Control versions can be connected with a new online management system.

This management system makes it easier to monitor calf performance and identify health disorders at an early stage. Various apps can display data such as:

  • Drinking behaviour yesterday and today
  • Milk consumption per day
  • Drinking rate per day
  • Total milk (powder) consumption.

Storm cuts power, does little damage

Dangerous winds hampered electricity workers trying to restore power to parts of Banks Peninsula and nearby Selwyn after last week’s spring storm.