A dairy farmer is preparing for a busy year as the industry struggles to adapt to a new wave of new products that include milk, cheese, and yoghurt.
“It’s the first time in 40 years I haven’t had the best year but I’m still in business,” says Bill Fitch, who owns a dairy farm in South Australia.
“I’ve got to get my cows healthy, have them fed good quality feed and that means I need to look at all the products I can put in my cows’ feed to make sure they’re well-fed.”
A cow tipping technique The idea behind the technique is to make the dairy cows’ stomachs “pop” to let them know when they’re ready to be eaten.
The milk and cheese, when eaten together, can stimulate a cow’s gut flora to produce enzymes that are digested and converted to sugar.
The cow’s intestines also help convert the sugars into a fat called bovine serum albumin, which is used to make yogurt, cream and butter.
“There are a lot of dairy products out there that are not as healthy for cows as I want them to be,” says Fitch.
“That’s a huge problem, and we’re just going to have to do everything we can to ensure that we’re providing them with the best possible food and drink.”
Fitch is a regular customer of the Dairy Farmers Association of Australia’s dairy tips, which are a way of encouraging his cows to eat more.
“Some of them don’t even realise it but the tips have actually been very good for my cows,” he says.
“You’ll see the cow sitting up straight and its going, ‘I can eat more, I can get away with it.'”
Fitch says the tips are now becoming more popular and the industry is in the midst of a push to improve nutrition and encourage better feeding practices.
He says the industry needs to continue to focus on the cows and their health as a priority, and to continue promoting cow tipping.
“We need to encourage our dairy farmers to feed their cows well and to give them the best feed possible, but it also means that we need to get our consumers to eat well,” he said.
“If you’re looking to have a dairy cow tipping in Australia, I would recommend having a look at the best cow tipping products that are available.”
Tips on how to improve your dairy cows The Dairy Farmer Association of Victoria (DFVA) recommends using a low-calorie, high-fat dairy product, such as skim milk or low-fat cheese.
Fitch recommends a good quality, fresh cow’s milk.
“As with any food, it’s best to make your own,” he advises.
“And then it’s just a matter of choosing a cow to buy and using the tips that are on the market.”
A few simple tips for cow tipping: Add milk to the cow’s feed and then blend with a little cream.
Make sure you use a high-quality milk product, and avoid using animal fats.
The best milk product is a cow that has had the milk and milk products that the farm has been growing.
“The best quality milk is one that’s been kept on the farm, it doesn’t have the flavour and flavour has been removed from it,” Fitch said.
Buy a cow with a good diet and a healthy calf.
The farmer can then add more cow’s food into the diet.
Figs are another great tip for improving cow health.
“They’re one of the best ways to ensure the milk quality,” Fife says.
Fife recommends getting cows with a regular diet of raw grass or other pasture and with a normal growth pattern.
“So a good amount of grass and an appropriate diet of fresh grass will help to improve the health of the cows,” Finkle says.
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