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What to have on hand for calving
Whether you have one cow, 10 cows or 100 cows,being prepared for calving is essential and this preparation includes putting together a calving kit.
Miniature Zebu Cattle
Miniature Zebu cattle are very easy-care, they are foragers, pretty much-eating anything, and can do very well on rough pasture and extra well on lush pasture.
Salers have been selected to perform as providers of milk and meat under tough conditions cold winters and sometimes hot, dry summers.
The Piedmontese cattle dominate beef production in Italy and the Netherlands due to its lean-ness and tenderness but has yet to catch on as a quality terminal sire breed in New Zealand.
Conformation - teeth
Cattle need teeth. But don't ever look in the mouth of a ruminant and worry that it has lost all its top incisors: it never had them.
Cattle ticks and Theileria
The cattle tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is well established in New Zealand.
Beware of the bull!
There have been some alarming cases of bulls causing injuries and even deaths to humans.
Neosporosis in cattle
Suspect neosporosis if any of your cows aborts or is infertile. Neosporosis is the most common cause of abortion in cows in this country.
BVD: Bovine Virus Diarrhoea
BVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhoea) is a complicated viral disease of cattle that causes big financial losses in herds across New Zealand.
The phrase "Crop Ear" relates to a genetic fault in Highland cattle that affects the ear shape.
Highland Cattle as a beef breed
In New Zealand, Highland Cattle have traditionally been a breed that has been embraced by lifestylers.
Grading Highland Cattle
The Highland Cattle industry in New Zealand uses a grading system to denote what level of Highland genetics (or 'bloodlines') each animal enjoys.
Research now 70 years old showed that poorly-reared young stock will carry this burden into later life.
Grazing dairy heifers
To 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.
Weaners through to yearlings
If you have not reared your weaners you will have to organise a time to buy from the market or a reputable calf-rearing enterprise.
What to do with cattle?
Once you start looking at cattle you need to choose the option to go for. Here are some things to take into consideration:
Bulls for beef
Farming bulls for beef is a major business. It provides lean export beef (grinding beef) for the USA hamburger trade.
Condition Scoring Cows - Overview
Simple Condition Scoring for cows - learn these seven points to feel on the cow.
Condition Scoring Cows
“Condition Scoring” (CS) cows was developed many years ago to help farmers specify how skinny or fat their cows were.
Cattle horns- unwanted!
Primitive 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.
Beef cattle before slaughter
With 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.
Bloat in cattle
Bloat 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.
Well-grown heifer calves are capable of becoming pregnant from about 6 months of age. Bull calves can be fertile from about the same age.
Getting your cows to cycle
Cows will start to cycle about 6 weeks after calving when they’ll show the typical heat signs.