Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 - Riverbank Stockfeeds

International hoof health expert, Fred Hoekstra, will be debunking hoof health myths and offering lameness prevention advice at upcoming seminars aimed at Victorian dairy farmers. 

Research estimates 27 per cent of dairy cows suffer from clinical lameness causing a significant cost to the industry. 

Given the significant cost to the industry, seminar organiser Riverbank Stockfeeds felt it was vital to bring in an industry expert to educate dairy farmers. Andy Robinson, Riverbank Stockfeeds’ Cow Care Technical Manager explained that he’s seen customers who operate productive dairy farmers but have experienced a hit to their profitability due to lameness in their herd. 

Andy Robinson also explained there were many myths surrounding causes and management of lameness, which Fred Hoekstra would debunk. 

“Over the last 26 years in the dairy industry, Fred has seen many misconceptions and myths relating to hoof health that he will be debunking at the information seminars,” says Andy Robinson. 

Fred will share his knowledge on the impact of lameness on dairy farm productivity and provide practical steps in the prevention and management of lameness. Included in his presentation will be the latest research and practical advice a dairy farmer can adopt on their farm. 

This advice will include the common causes of lameness, such as poor diet or stress, how to ensure animals have healthy hooves, and what to do should lameness persist. 

The seminars will also include information on farm management including a demonstration of the company’s newly released Cow Care Milk Tracker, a free software platform that helps farmers use production data to improve profitability.

“With the recent announcement of a reduction in milk price by a large buyer in the Australian market, it is vital dairy farmers understand how their operation is performing,” said Andy Robinson.

The Cow Care Milk Tracker uses a dairy farmer’s data to optimise production and profit. For example they can use data to manipulate milk composition, improve margin over feed and forage costs, and see the cost of somatic cell count and pinpoint ways to reduce them.

“Tracker is revolutionary", says Mr Robinson. “There’s nothing like this for farmers elsewhere.”

The forthcoming Hoof Health seminars are the second free event for dairy farmers in the Cow Care program.

“It’s a great opportunity to talk directly with our customers, the broader industry, and to invest in an industry we are passionate about, and feedback has been excellent” Mr Robinson said. 

 


The seminars will be held at:
•    Tuesday, 17 May from 10.30am to 1.00pm at the Trafalgar Equestrian Park, Reserve Road Trafalgar. 
•    Thursday, 19 May from 10.30am to 1.00pm at the Larpent Hall, Larpent Road Larpent. 

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.


 

Riverbank Stockfeeds will be running further seminars across regional Victoria over the coming months as part of its commitment to the dairy industry. 

 
Seminar themes:
May – hoof health
June to mid July - transition

All dairy farmers are welcome to attend, and are requested to call 1800 867 333 to RSVP, or go to cowcare.com.au  

About Riverbank Stockfeeds:
With its origins as a poultry farmer, Riverbank has over 20 years farming experience and now provides dairy, poultry and speciality livestock farmers with a variety of feeding solutions. In particular, its Cow Care™ dairy feeds are designed specifically for southern Australian dairy systems, to help prevent the five key cow health problems. 

About Fred Hoekstra:
Fred has been involved in the New Zealand dairy industry since 1990 where he specialised in hoof health. He returned to his native Holland, to complete a Diploma in Hoof Care from PTC Oenkerk after he saw there was an opportunity to raise the standard of hoof care in New Zealand. On his return to New Zealand Fred built a successful hoof care business that provides training, and trimming services as well as selling a range of hoof care products. 

Media contact:
Andy Robinson
Cow Care Technical Manager
p: 03 9731 9888
m: 0409 751 902

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Riverbank Stockfeeds


With its origins as a poultry farmer, Riverbank has over 20 years farming experience and now provides dairy, poultry and speciality livestock farmers with a variety of feeding solutions. In particular, its Cow Care™ dairy feeds are designed specifically for southern Australian dairy systems, to help prevent the five key cow health problems. 


Andy Robinson
P: 03 9731 9888
M: 0409 751 902
W: www.riv.com.au/

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Cow, Stockfeed, Dairy farm, lameness, Hoof, Agribusiness, agriculture

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