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Managing dystocia in beef cows

Nothing is more disheartening as losing a newborn calf. Sometimes it is just bad luck, and sometimes you can intervene and save a calf.

Spring calving has now begun, and this information provides a timely reminder on the stages of calving and some management tactics that you can undertake to improve calf survival.

The calving process is divided into three distinct stages, although these stages may overlap, and uncomplicated calving will be observed as a continuous process.

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Managing dystocia in beef cows (WORD - 114.3 KB)

Managing dystocia in beef cows (PDF - 84.4 KB)

Effects of soil acidity on nutrient availability

Approximately 50% of the agricultural lands in Australia are considered acidic and most of those lands are in the high rainfall regions of South Eastern Australia including Victoria (NLWARA, 2001). Soil acidification is a natural process; however, it has been accelerated under high productive farming systems such as horticulture, dairying and grazing industries.

Soil acidity interferes with various soil processes such as nutrient availability, substance toxicity, and microbial activity. As a result, soil acidity can influence the pasture production and pasture suitability of lands that are continually subjected to soil acidification processes. In addition, acidity has the potential to create major off-site environmental issues affecting wider communities unless it is alleviated through adaptation of sustainable farming practices.

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Effects of soil acidity on nutrient availability (WORD - 216.9 KB)

Effects of soil acidity on nutrient availability (PDF - 316.6 KB)

Managing your bull team to maximise your herd fertility

Farmer with very dry field and hills in the backgroundThe bull is the genetic powerhouse of your herd, allowing genetics to be rapidly introduced. Without his delivery system no production could be achieved. Shane Thomson, Holbrook Veterinary Centre, poses the question 'Are you buying a bull for genetics or for fertility?' The answer he says is, '…calf production! As no genetics will be delivered if your bulls are infertile.'

Shane said, 'Bulls are an investment. If you have high breakdown rates resulting in low pregnancy rates, delayed conception patterns and bull wastage, the cost to your enterprise is severe.' Shane estimates that for each cycle that a cow does not fall pregnant, the resulting offspring lose $100 in value.

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Maximising your bull team to maximise your herd fertility (PDF - 833.1 KB)

Maximising your bull team to maximise your herd fertility (WORD - 796.9 KB)

Page last updated: 11 Sep 2020