Healthy cows

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  • Milk from the udder of a healthy cow contains very few bacteria. Poor hygiene introduces additional bacteria that make the milk spoil quickly. To ensure that the milk remains fresh for a longer time it is necessary to practice good hygiene. Good hygiene needs to be observed at all stages of milk production, handling and marketing. Therefore you need to advise the farmer on hygienic milk production and handling after milking.

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  • Ian and Jane Campbell of Barambah Organics near Murgon in Queensland produce, process and market certified organic milk. Their movement into organic production was born from a long family interest in sustainable agriculture and the need to create a point of difference for their products. “Customers are often surprised by the unique taste of our milk. It comes from a balanced and healthy diet for the cows on our chemical-free broadacre pastures,” said Ian. Soil health and weed control are important considerations and are carefully managed with compost manures and lime.

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  • Pasture has a pH of 7, which is neutral. However, starch digestion from low fibre grain results in acid build up, thus lowering rumen pH. To maintain healthy rumen the diet of a dairy cow requires adequate amounts of physically effective fibre. Physically effective fibre is obtained from feed such as hay, silage and other forages. Farmers must be cautious when adding silage to the diet as it has a naturally lower pH of 4.5 due to the fermentation process. As a result many feed rations may be inadvertently lowering rumen pH...

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