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01-07-2018 - Maize silage may also be used to “dilute” the high protein content of pastures. Typically, grass proteins run between 24 and 30% crude protein (CP) in spring and summer. Too much protein in the diet is not desirable as it has a negative impact on fertility (embryotic death),...

01-05-2018 - The financial viability of each dairy unit in South Africa comes under more pressure every day. It would seem that the next challenge in the SA dairy industry is never far away and this brings about new plans to be implemented. There are, however, 5 important parameters to keep in...

01-04-2018 - Goals that a producer can set for his business: A cow must calve comfortably Colostrum must be of good quality for a healthy calf Good rumen adaption The cow must be healthy without metabolic disturbances such as milk fever, ketosis, etc. Good milk production Reduce the drop in body...

01-03-2018 - There are certain similarities between businesses and planning for the future is most certainly an integral part of them all. The biggest part of any dairy’s future is its replacement heifers and rearing heifers with which to carry the business into years to come. As with any...

01-07-2017 - Silage that is too wet when cut can lead to poor quality as there is a loss of nutrients through seepage from the pit. Additionally, there is also less starch available as the starch is not yet mature and the total dry matter that can be harvested per ha is lower. Silage cut too...

01-05-2017 - Since 2013, the De Heus Kaliber® Calf Rearing Programme has been successfully applied by Daan Landman, Lactimar Pty Ltd, in the Eersterivier (Eastern Cape) district. Lactimar's dairy herds are milked at three stables: Jersey cows on the farm at Eersterivier, the Friesian herd on the...

01-03-2017 - After several years of below average rainfall and even record dry years, the 2016 - 2017 rainy season has so far not disappointed with at least normal and even abnormally high rainfall. The dairy industry does not complain; not with the drought still fresh in our memories. The wet...

01-02-2017 - At De Heus there are several approaches that we use to ensure that our feed is safe for the consumer.

01-09-2016 - De Heus has developed a well-balanced plan, based on years of experience and expertise. The De Heus Kaliber® Calf Rearing Plan is a holistic rearing plan for dairy heifers. It is designed to rear calves with ‘Kaliber’ in a healthy and economical way. ‘Kaliber’ refers to the animal’s...

01-04-2016 - The age of the crop when it is harvested can influence the quality of the maize silage because it will affect the maize kernels, the moisture content and the digestibility of the silage. The rule of thumb to determine the correct age is to use the milk line on the maize kernel. The...