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TAS Country : June 14th 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 News Quality milk award for healthier cows KAROLIN MacGREGOR A FOCUS on mastitis pre- vention has led to Tasman- ian dairy farmers Stephen and Sharon Fowlie being recognised in one of the country's biggest milk- quality awards. The couple, who farm at Forest in the state's North- West, were recognised in the Countdown Milk Qual- ity Awards. By working with their local veterinarian, the Fowlies put in place a program to help prevent mastitis in their herd. The Fowlies have been farming for about 31 years and this season will be milking about 370 cross- bred Friesian-Jersey cows. To help prevent issues with mastitis in their herd, the Fowlies use a program that combines traditional dry cow antibiotics when the cows are dried off at the end of the season with a teat sealant to help prevent mastitis in the following lactation. ''One of the most chal- lenging aspects of mastitis is how time-consuming it is to manage, especially when a number of cow require treatment at once'' Mr Fowlie said. ''It means managing cows in different ways, which takes time. Ulti- mately, though, it affects the quality of the milk and therefore our hip pocket.'' The Fowlies milk their herd twice a day. Mr Fowlie said they star- ted looking at using a teat seal treatment after experi- encing a high incidence of mastitis in their heifers. He said cows, which lea- ked milk close to calving, were at risk of infection, especially in Tasmania's wet climate, where they are often exposed to muddy ground conditions. Using teat seal reduced mastitis occurrence by about 75 per cent in their heifers. The Fowlies now have adopted this strategy across the whole herd. Other management tech- niques to help prevent mastitis include careful cup removal, using a teat spray, and trying to pre- vent the cows from getting wet after the cups are removed. ''We made a conscious effort to invest in mastitis prevention to ensure our milk quality stays high, which is one of the reasons we have been successful in the milk quality awards,'' Mr Fowlie said. Countdown project leader John Penry said while dual prevention methods for mastitis can mean a higher investment initially, it pays off. ''As a farmer, not only are you satisfied with bet- ter milk quality, but you are less likely to be con- cerned about undetected cases of mastitis and the potential damage that may cause the herd and the farm's profits,'' he said. Common signs of mas- titis for which the Fowlies are on the lookout include cow discomfort, swelling and heat in the udder quarters, a sick cow and discoloured or lumpy milk. Generally, Mr Fowlie treats any infected cows himself, with intramam- mary infusions or injec- tions when needed. Farmers considering us- ing a teat seal program are encouraged to first speak with their veterinarian. Pork, poultry on rise Khan Horne From Page 3 Bureau of Statistics. Mr Horne said this trend was likely to continue in the medium term as domestic production increases. In the pork industry it is a similar story. ''In the Australian pork industry, we're seeing a return to strength follow- ing a significant restruc- ture in recent years,'' Mr Horne said. During 2011-12, per- capita consumption is fore- cast to increase to 24.8 kg. Mr Horne said while this was slightly down on re- cord consumption, it was steady and was expected to increase incrementally. However, imports of pork products are a major chal- lenge to the Australian industry. In the past 10 years, imports have grown from 15 per cent of con- sumption to 48 per cent. ''The key challenge fac- ing our pork industry over the years has been the increase in competition from imports, which led to a decline in Australian pro- duction,'' Mr Horne said. However, last year the industry reversed this trend, pushing up dom- estic production by 1.7 per cent. Further increases are also expected this year. Mr Horne said that, look- ing ahead, it was expected both the poultry and pork industries would continue to maintain their com- petitiveness within the domestic meat market. TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Tasmanian Alkaloids are expanding our growing area this season. Talk to your local TasAlk Field Officer, or Phone 6393 5202 2058341-120413 Own a bright future *30% deposit, 3-year term monthly repayments. Offer is available to business customers only and subject to credit approval.Terms and conditions apply. Contact your local dealership for full details. 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