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Flexible spray arm
THE CLOSEST THING TO A
MANUAL TEAT SPRAYER
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'Teat spraying cows
is still the single
most important step
in controlling the
spread of Mastitis
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The Teatwand 400 has 400mm reach
on a flexible arm (further than the
original Teatwand) allowing the nozzle
to position closer to the front teats
and so gaining ideal spray coverage
on all four teats.
The Teatwand controller automatically
adjusts the timings of the system as
the platform speed is changed.
Moves under the udder
Consistent coverage of all four teats
Self cleaning nozzle
No blockage worries
Sprays from close to the udder
Very economical spray
One spray nozzle and solenoid
Few operating parts
Stationed on platform at exit bridge Better coverage because cow is stationary
Farmers cope with high cost of grazing
SOME South Island dairy farmers
and sharemilkers may be feeling the
pinch from the high costs of off-farm
grazing, but costs are generally not out of
kilter with land values, experts say.
Off-farm grazing is one of the bigger
costs for dairy farmers, and arranging
grazing contracts for wintering dairy cows
or running young dairy stock has often
been a fraught area with big variations in
the quality of care.
In recent times winter grazing in
Southland has been considerably more
expensive than in Canterbury, but for
grazing young dairy stock the opposite is
Last winter Southland dairy farmers
were paying around $30 to $35 per cow
per week for winter grazing, while in
Canterbury the cost was $23 to $25.
The cost of grazing young dairy stock
is around $12 per animal per week in
Canterbury and $10 in Southland.
One Southland sharemilker was
concerned that the cost of winter grazing
had risen by $10 or more per cow per
week in five years. Transport costs to and
from the grazing property had increased
by a similar amount.
Although a lot of land had been
converted to dairy farms in Southland,
Federated Farmers Southland dairy
section chairman Russell MacPherson
said he didn't think winter grazing was
''Sheep farmers see winter grazing as
an opportunity, and it's a cash flow at
times when cash flow is not as good as it
Mr MacPherson, who winters his own
cows, said grazing costs were not out of
kilter with the costs of running a winter
''It's not until you go and buy your run
off block and see the associated cost with
it that you appreciate the costs of winter-
ing. Some dairy farmers and sharemilkers
are feeling the pinch, but I don't think the
costs are excessive.
''It's the old story though, if you get a
person that looks after your cows poorly
it's a high cost.You're better off to pay a
bit more, maybe work on a cents per kilo-
gramme basis. That can have a far better
outcome than on a weekly basis.
''It's up to the owner of the cows to
have them wintered in the way they want
Mid Canterbury rural valuer David
Montgomery said his firm had previously
done hundreds of grazing contracts, but
did few now.
''Most of our clients no longer pay a
weekly rate, they go and lease [grazing]
farms themselves. Dairy farmers are
having a good cashflow and they are
petrified that their dairy grazing places
are getting mopped up for dairy conver-
sions, and also that cropping and sheep
farmers are getting greedy.
''So what's happening is many of them
are flat out trying to buy or lease their
own farms for dairy support. In the last
10 years we've done over 400 leases for
dairy farmers wanting to have control
over their own destiny.''
He said leases for irrigated dairy
support land in Canterbury had, in the
last year, gone up from $1150 to $1200/
ha/year to $1450. ''So lease rates are
going up and grazing rates are going up.''
There is anecdotal evidence of some
graziers wanting to tie grazing rates to the
beef schedule or the Fonterra payout.
He had seen a lease agreement recently
that wanted to tie the cost to the Fonterra
payout. ''People are trying all sorts of
shonky things. I always work on the 'keep
it simple stupid' principle. When people
go into that detail it means they're getting
Grazing costs: Some dairy farmers are buying or leasing their own support farms.
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