Dairy farmers Nick and Jane Andrews are taking measures to help their cows continue to produce at high levels during the heat.LAURA GRIFFIN February 4, 2014 4:00am
Nanneella dairy farmer Jack McQuillan (left) and employee Dustin Kemp (right) found the days sessions useful. Pictured with Advanced Ag agronomist Luke Nagel (centre).
Dairy farmers Nick and Jane Andrews are taking measures to help their cows continue to produce at high levels during the heat.
The milking herd is being offered pasture at night and during the day they eat their millet allocation before being fed silage under trees. Milking is normally finished by 7.30
To further help to maintain production levels — as at January 11, the 210 cows were producing on average 27.8
At a Murray Dairy focus farm field day held at their Katandra West property last Thursday, consultant Phil Shannon commended Mr and Mrs Andrews on increasing the quality of the diet during the heat to ensure cows got as much nutrients as possible when their food intake was lower.
He suggested maintaining the high quality diet for at least two or three days after a heat wave to help cows recover and get back to full production.
He said protracted heat hit high-producing dairy cows particularly hard.
‘‘The higher production, the further the fall,’’ Mr Shannon said.
In the hot weather, cows need more energy to keep cool and have less time to eat intensively.
Given the protracted heat in north Victoria in recent weeks, he said farmers needed to remember the longer heat persisted, the longer it took for cows to recover.
‘‘Dairy cows load heat and it can take two or three days for them to unload it.’’
Ways to help manage cows’ heat load is having them under sprinklers, particularly with big drops, so water is carried off to take heat; and changing milking times out of the heat of the day.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.