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Dairy Calf

Shed prep for calving.

In the lead up to calving its time to start thinking about maintenance of the shed, trailers and paddocks and feed equipment used during this busy time. Some top tips for a well-performing calf area design include: A north-facing shed will ensure full sun Solid walls between pens can ensure no pen intermingling and create easier cleaning. Feeders at front of pens to eliminate wet areas in bedding Good .

Winter Farm Checklist

Need help over winter with those farm maintenance tasks? We can help. Here are a few farm task that you may need assistance with over winter. Cattle yard Repairs Weigh scales & cattle crushes Drafting facilities Loading ramps & yards Guillotine gates Dairy Shed Repairs Shed repairs & maintainance Yard repairs and rebuilds Concrete pitting repairs Rotary Platforms, gearboxes, wheels Backing gate repairs and servicing Irrigation & Pump Repairs .

Uses for your levelling bar.

A levelling bar is a very use implement to have on both a big farm or lifestyle block. Here are some of its most popular uses. Track maintenance Well-designed and maintained tracks and raceways make it quicker and easier to get around the farm, reduce wear and tear on farm vehicles, and help prevent lameness in stock. Good tracks and raceways also improve water quality by keeping dirty run .
Tractor repairs and maintenance

Tractor Maintenance Checklist

Prevent downtime during cultivation and harvest time by running regular tractor inspections and maintenance. Ensure your staff stay alert to any issues by getting them to run through this printable check list and alerting you to any need for repairs early. Tractor Maintenance Checklist for Staff
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Spring pasture renewal using a seed drill

Introducing seed into a damaged pasture by direct drilling with a seed drill can improve damaged pastures and increase the density of the productive species. Pastures that had been oversown following winter pugging have been shown to produce more dry matter over a two year period than pasture that had not been resown. The aim of a direct seed drill is to place the seed directly in the residues .
causmag spreader

Causmag Spreaders & Milk Fever.

Milk Fever is the most common metabolic condition that usually occurs around three days either side of calving. In the early lactation stages, a high producing cow’s calcium requirements exceed her ability to mobilize calcium reserves (bones) and absorb enough calcium from the diet. Milk fever may be seen in cows of any age but it is more common in high producing dairy cows over five years of age. .
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Dairy Shed Top and Backing Gates

Automated gates are common in modern dairy operations they reduce the need for extra man power and to improve the flow of cows through the dairy operation. The holding yard is one place where moving cows are not supervised by staff. In the absence of this supervision it is good to establish habitual cow movement. When an abnormal situation occurs, the gate stops and displays the appropriate warning message .
Silage for winter feeding out of cattle

Winter Feeding Tips for Cattle.

Some useful tips for maximising your winter feeding options including getting the best our of you fodder beet crops, reducing waste in your silage and maintaining good soil and water quality. Fodder Beet Crops – Maximising Growth Some research has shown that cattle growth rates on fodder beet crops can be maximised by leaving  behind 25 per cent of the crop at each break shift.  Interestingly cattle are seen .
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Making good effluent irrigation decisions.

On farm benefits to effluent irrigation of course include fertiliser savings, improved soil condition, and compliance with council rules or resource consent. But always avoid fines by making sure your effluent system is operating within the law and running efficiently. Buying the right equipment and regular maintenance are also key to water conservation along with correct application rates. Key to your decision making for application rates is understanding the .

Tractor attachments and their uses.

Here is a list of some common tractor attachment implements and their uses. Please note that Reptec can help with machinery maintenance and customisation so contact us today if you need our engineering services. Quick-hitch systems Connecting an attachment to your tractor can be a hassle, especially if you’re switching implements often. Avoid this inconvenience with a quick-hitch system. Just attach the device to your tractor’s three-point hitch, back .