All About Dairy

Spring

 

Spring has sprung, it's the busiest time of year on farm!

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The days are getting longer, warmer and sunnier and calving is in full swing. Farmers get up extra-early to check the paddocks for newborn calves, then head to the farm dairy to get morning milking underway.

After breakfast, the farmer is back at work checking cows and feeding calves, but there’s heaps more to do around the farm.

Spring is when grass grows more quickly, so farmers check paddocks and move cows to fresh grass to make sure nothing goes to waste and the cows eat the most nutritious grass to make the best milk.

It’s also the time of year to start planting crops that might be needed for feeding cows at the end of summer – things like turnips or maize.

Cows need to be healthy in spring – you might not think it, but each dairy cow is an amazing athlete!

They can eat up to 100kgs of food per day and walk for kilometres around paddocks and farm races. If you add to that the 20 litres of milk carried around in their udders, you’ll begin to see why cow health is so important.

Just like cows need to be healthy, kiwi kids need to be healthy too and enjoy the fresh spring air. Scroll down and check out all the farmtastic facts and activities Beetrice and I have found for you!