Last season was one many North Island dairy farmers are happy to have behind them, and the Bernhards of South Waikato are no exception. Like others, first they were hit by an unusually wet spring, then the weather abruptly turned dry and they had to go to 16 hour milkings in early December.
Attention to detail and a preventative approach go a long way towards improving milk quality, and this is the ideal time of year to review your system. A key question to ask is: when did we last replace the liners?
Maintaining high milk quality is a serious business for Waikato sharemilkers Maree and Irvine (Butch) Campbell. But even so they were surprised to come through their worst spring in years with the lowest bulk milk somatic cell counts (BMSCC) they had ever achieved.
Last season brought more challenges than most for a family owned and operated dairy farm on the Hauraki Plains, but there was one major highlight: the herd’s average bulk somatic cell count (SCC) dropped by half.