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TAS Country : August 4th 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011 Tasmanian Country 23 Special Feature Calf rearing and dairying Rice bran is high in protein COPRICE is a farmer- owned business that is a division of Ricegrowers Ltd (SunRice) and has been supplying animal nu- trition products for over 30 years through state-of-the- art plants in Leeton (NSW), Tongala (Vic) and Cobden (Vic). The motivation for the development of the Cop- Rice animal nutrition busi- ness was in response to the availability of rice by- products such as rice bran, a first-rate feed which is high in energy and protein. Rice bran is only one of the many ingredients Cop- Rice uses. Traditional feed ingredients such as wheat and barley are also used as well as vegetable proteins such as canola and lupins. These are blended to produce a range of prod- ucts. These also include min- erals, vitamins and trace elements. The company says its calf products are well known for their palat- ability and performance, as are its heifer, lead and dairy products. The company has been a supplier to the dairy indus- try for 25 years. Caring for your replacement heifers This is one of the many examples of the dairy service levy at work. Farmers receive a bene t of $3 for every $1 invested by Dairy Australia on their behalf. For more information on this and other levy investments visit www.dairyaustralia.com.au Good nutrition and shelter ensure calves are t and strong. Calves which are healthy and grow to optimum body weight produce more milk. They are also likely to be more fertile and healthy during their productive years. Coming into the new dairy season Dairy Australia has developed a new guide to help farmers rear strong healthy calves. Rearing Calves---how to raise calves that thrive, covers all aspects of caring for calves from pre-calving to weaning. The practical guide will help farmers keep abreast of industry best practices and recent changes in livestock standards. The guide is based on experience of leading dairy farmers, animal scientists and vets. It includes clear and concise explanations, plus practical examples to help farmers see the concepts in action. The nine essential components of calf rearing covered in the manual are: www.dairyaustralia.com.au/rearing-healthy-calves or for more information, contact Dairy Australia s 03 9694 3723 or firstname.lastname@example.org New calf-rearing guide AUSTRALIAN dairy farmers will continue to stay on top of the chang- ing world of calf rearing thanks to a new guide developed by Dairy Australia and Aust- ralian Dairy Farmers. Rearing Healthy Calves --- how to raise calves that thrive, covers all aspects of caring for calves from pre-calving right through to wean- ing. Dairy Australia's Healthy Calves program leader, veterinarian Ja- mie McNeil, said the guide would help far- mers keep abreast of industry best practices and recent changes in livestock standards. ''Rearing Healthy Calves is a practical guide to the essential components required to rear strong, healthy calves and ensure sale calves are fit to be trans- ported and residue-free,'' he said. The guide is being distributed free to dairy farmers, dairy vets and dairy industry advisors, and will also be avail- able online at www.dai- ryaustralia.com.au Vicstock expands Tasmanian cover BERNARD ATKINS VICSTOCK has bolstered its Tasmanian team, with seven agents now covering the state, specialising in dairying but also servicing the beef and sheep growers sector. Vicstock is a specialist national livestock agency based in Geelong, having started 20 years ago. It now covers all of Tas- mania, as well as the dairy- ing districts of Gippsland, Western and Northern Vic- toria, NSW Riverina, and the south east of South Australia. The core business of supplying various dom- estic and export abattoirs with dairy cows and calves continues to grow, as does the export heifer and pri- vate sale markets. ''We offer a personalised agency service, therefore all business is done one-to- one on farm, for the benefit of both the vendor and purchaser,'' State manager Bernard Atkins, said. ''We have a solid market for export dairy heifers, as well as cull cows, bulls and bullocks.'' The company's service now includes a bobby calf collection in the Sheffield district and surrounding area. Mr Atkins has had a long history within the beef industry, having ow- ned and managed the suc- cessful Robern Murray Grey stud for 20 years during which time Robern was the first Murray Grey stud to export embryos to America. He has also been a judge in Tasmania and inter- state. Other agents are: Peter Collins who has extensive experience in all aspects of livestock farm- ing, including dairy, beef and sheep. He has is own farming enterprise in the Southern Midlands. Haydn Bean has lived and worked most of his life in the Meander Valley and has experience in the prep- aration of dairy heifers for export markets. He runs a small Angus herd. Joanne Groenewold has lived on a dairy farm all her life. She has been an assistant farm manager. Anthony McDougall has been based in the North East for 20 years, and has his own herd recording business and ex- perience in broadacre and intensive cropping. Adam Crawford lives in the Elizabeth Town area, and started work for Vicstock Tasmania two years ago as a junior stock agent. He helps run a large dairy herd. Lely Australia Pty. Ltd., 48 Mackay St, Rochester, VIC 3561 Ph: (03) 5484 4000 or visit www.lely.com LELY CALM AUTOMATIC CALF FEEDER... THE BEST START FOR YOUR CALVES. Live Life Lely When a calf drinks from its mother, it usually drinks adequate portions spread over the day. However, in today's dairy industry when a calf is fed manually, this is restricted to once or twice a day. This is why Lely has introduced the Lely Calm automatic calf feeder, which supplies the correct portion and concentration of feed spread over the day. Benefits of the Lely Calm: intervals for calves stations (up to 150 calves) *Talk to your local Lely Dairy Dealer regarding tailor-made Lely Finance to suit your cash flow -- Conditions Apply. Lely Centre Smithton Dairy Maintenance and Installation 14 Brittons Road Smithton TAS 7330 Ph: 6452 52006 innovators in agriculture
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