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Making butter outa grass

By |2020-08-27T07:30:31+10:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

As John Williamson sings, dairy farmers "make a living making butter outa grass"! And this is very true. When a cow eats grass (or grain, hay or silage), the bacteria in her rumen ferment these feedstuffs into volatile fatty acids or "VFAs". Of these VFAs: Propionate is converted to glucose, which is then used by

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Louis Pasteur: a dairy hero!

By |2020-08-20T07:49:13+10:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , , , |

Analysis of ancient pottery has shown that  humans have been consuming cheese and other dairy products for more than 7000 years. Recently, scientists discovered an actual chunk of 3300 year old cheese from an Egyptian tomb. And in it, they found traces of the bacteria that causes the nasty disease brucellosis. And this is where

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More Cheese, Gromit

By |2020-08-20T07:49:30+10:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Cheese is a great example of human diversity and ingenuity. From the desert to the Swiss alps, five simple ingredients—milk, bacteria, rennet, salt and time—have been turned into thousands of types of cheese. So how about a closer look at some of the steps involved in making cheese: the image above shows just a few

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Got milk?

By |2020-08-20T07:49:44+10:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

Recently, Dairy Australia announced their 2020 Milk Quality Award winners. These are the dairy farms that produce the best of the best milk in the country; our congratulations to them all! So let's talk about milk some more... What makes up milk? There is variation between breeds, individual cows and time of year, but on

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World Milk Day 2020

By |2020-06-01T12:05:25+10:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: MilkWise|Tags: , , , |

For the last 20 years, June 1st has been World Milk Day. It was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to celebrate the importance of milk as both a nutritious food and a source of livelihoods across the globe. Milk is not just cow's milk. It can come from sheep, goats,

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Cows with bells! The beauty of alpine pastures…

By |2019-09-06T12:09:55+10:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: General Health, MilkWise|Tags: , , |

If you look down at a mix of clover, daisies and dandelions in Australia it doesn't seem particularly special. But high up in the mountains of France or Switzerland, they become something amazing! These mountain pastures, known as "alpage", are part of a particular type of farming that holds an important place in French and

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We have a new service: In-house milk cultures!

By |2019-05-20T11:28:31+10:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services, MilkWise|Tags: , , , , |

The last few months we have been trialling a new system for milk cultures at the clinic. Compared to other systems we think it offers our farmers great value for money. How much will it cost? $23 (inc GST) per sample, regardless of the number submitted. This will be a substantial saving for you, especially

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Alex visits world cattle vet conference in Japan

By |2019-05-20T11:21:52+10:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Dr Alex Crosbie I was recently fortunate enough to attend the World Buiatrics Conference in Sapporo, Japan. I presented the findings of my research into the uses of health monitoring collars in pasture-based herds—performed at The Vet Group in 2016—to a global audience of vets and researchers. This exciting work is one of the

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Taiwan Trip 2018

By |2019-05-20T11:24:36+10:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

By Zoe Vogels Last month I came back from another 10-day trip to Taiwan – myself and colleague Liz Bramley gave presentations to farmers and vets on milk quality and visited a few of Taiwan’s 500-odd dairy farms. With a population of ~23 million living in an area the quarter of the size of Tasmania,

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Abrupt or gradual cessation of milking at dry off; which method is best?

By |2018-08-26T19:22:00+10:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Farm Services|Tags: , , , , |

Abrupt or gradual cessation of milking at dry off; which method is best? By Dr Peter Younis For many years the recommendation from Countdown has been that abrupt cessation of milking should be practiced for cows giving less than 12 litres per day. For cows producing more than this, it is desirable to reduce production

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