Livestock & Pets : Cattle : General

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syringewAlways give intramuscular injections in the neck of cattle. Your veterinarian should know about this meat industry requirement.

heiferWell-grown heifer calves are capable of becoming pregnant from about 6 months of age. Bull calves can be fertile from about the same age.

meatboardwWhen to sell your beef cattle depends on many things, but the two most common reasons are to maximise returns, or cut losses by quitting stock.

cowdairywTo find your grazers, this might need a couple of adverts in the local paper during April or May, or a few phone calls to local dairy farmers and word of mouth.

cowlyingwCows with low magnesium run the risk of loss of production, going down at calving with “grass staggers” and death, at a time when you can least afford these losses. 

bullwArtificial Breeding (AB) and Artificial Insemination (AI) are the same thing. The term AB is only used in New Zealand and Australia. The rest of the world uses AI.

calveshighlandwThe Highland Cattle industry in New Zealand uses a grading system to denote what level of Highland genetics (or 'bloodlines') each animal enjoys.  

bullnoseringwThere are many reason to try to do without a bull on your block. They are generally expensive to buy - if you buy a decent one.

conditioncowSimple Condition Scoring for cows - learn these seven points to feel on the cow.


cattleyoungwIf you have not reared your weaners you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.

meatwUnderstanding the beef schedule.

bull dangerThere have been some alarming recent cases of bulls causing injuries and even deaths to humans. 

headbailA design for a simple, cheap and effective headbail for cattle.

bullnoseringwWhen bulls start to become territorial and difficult to handle it’s tempting to assume that putting a ring in their nose will solve the problem.

theileriaThe cattle tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is well established in New Zealand.

highlandThe phrase "Crop Ear" relates to a genetic fault in Highland cattle that affects the ear shape.

milkingwEverything you need to know about having a house cow.

cowteethwBloat in cattle is caused when grass is growing rapidly and clovers are coming away, as these feeds contain natural foaming agents that generate stable foam in the rumen.


In New Zealand, Highland Cattle have traditionally been a breed that has been embraced by lifestylers.

cattleeatingwIf you have not reared your yearlings you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.

meatboardwWith such a high emphasis on Quality in our export markets, it's vital that farmers recognise this in the paddock because this is where Quality starts. 

neosporosisSuspect neosporosis if any of your cows aborts or is infertile.  Neosporosis is the most common cause of abortion in cows in this country. 

cattledrinkingwPrimitive cattle needed horns to fight off predators and to sort out social ranking within the herd. Bulls needed them in their death fights for the 'king' bull status.

calfcutewResearch now 60 years old showed that poorly-reared young stock will carry this burden into later life. 

skinnycoww“Condition Scoring” (CS) cows was developed many years ago to help farmers specify how skinny or fat their cows were.

bovine virus diarrhoeaBVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhoea) is a complicated viral disease of cattle that causes big financial losses in herds across New Zealand.  .

calffeedingwA look at what is involved in rearing calves to weaning.


cowandcalfwThese are breeds that provide both meat and milk.

cattlefamilywOnce you start looking at cattle you need to choose the option to go for. Here are some things to take into consideration:

cowwCows will start to cycle about 6 weeks after calving when they’ll should show the typical heat signs.

Highland cattle tend to evoke many emotions in people. 

bullnoseringwFarming bulls for beef is a major business. It provides lean export beef (grinding beef) for the USA hamburger trade.

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