Welcome to the Performance
Probiotics Newsletter!

Well and truly into 2011 now and the first signs of autumn are definitely showing with some cool changes coming though.

It is amazing to think that we can have customers with 2 completely different outlooks on their futures in the Dairy Industry depending on their geographical location. Those in the southern commodity markets are starting to finally experience some positive signs of ‘above average’ returns while those in the north, or connected to the liquid milk market are trying to see the forest from the trees, unable to ascertain the results of the ongoing Coles retail war and determining the true ‘supply/ demand’ position of the liquid milk market. Our only hope is that these ‘above average’ returns down south are sustainable which will also flow through to those in the north.

Thank you again to all of long term customers for your ongoing support and also welcome to all of our new farms since our last newsletter. Happy reading…

Yours in 'Building Healthy Cows'

 

 

ABOUT PERFORMANCE PROBIOTICS

Our vision at Performance Probiotics is to increase Australia's milk productivity through natural feeding systems – We Build Healthy Cows.

Performance Probiotics is the highest concentrated most protected and trusted Probiotic on the market today. Probiotics are the future – they are the natural and safe way to improve animal health and productivity without the need for antibiotics and ionophores. Performance Probiotics have been used successfully in US dairy rations from 1984 and in Australia since 1999.

To find out more about Performance's products, features and benefits, visit www.performanceprobiotics.com

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Real Farmers. Real Results

Rod and Libby Swayn - Jordney Park Holsteins

Location: Nalangil, Victoria
Cow Number: 100 milking cows, expanding to 160 within the next 12 months.
Breed: 100% Registered Holstein Herd
Rolling Heard Av:
850 litres, 3.7% fat, 3.1% protein

The feed system used at Jordney Park is pasture based.  Annual rye grass is grown over 80% of the farm with about 20% sown to turnips in summer and 10% to oats in winter.  Pasture is supplemented with 4 to 5 kg of grain in the dairy and 4 kg of brewers grain daily after milking.  Home grown silage and hay is fed in the paddock during summer, autumn and winter.

What Performance products are you using and how are you using these products in your system?

DFM Gel, Healthy Calf Plus , DFM Pellets.

Why did you choose Performance in the 1st Place?

Initial we were given a sample of DFM Gel at a field day.  We were so impressed with the response of the calves from the product that we tried the Healthy Calf Plus added into the milk.  After using it for a few weeks we were very impressed with the development of our calves.

What are the things you like most about Performance now that you have been using our product/s for a little while? What does it help you achieve?

We have now being using Performance Pro-biotics for 6 years.  During this time we have reared over 250 calves and have very rarely had any scours or sickly calves. 

The cows grain has had pro-biotics added for about 5 years.  We find that they utilize feed better and rarely have any digestive problems. 

What would you say to a friend who was thinking of investing in Performance - but wasn’t sure?

Try using the DFM gel as a start.  Give calves a dose as they are taken of the cow and see how they go.  Also use the gel for cows that are off color with stomach problems to start.

Has it saved you time/ money/ effort? How?

Yes.  Treating sick calves is costly, time consuming and often has bad results with either a calf that struggles for months or doesn’t make it at all.  Not having sick calves saves a huge amount of money and effort.  Also the calves seem to be stronger and thrive from day 1 which in the long term means that when calves are weaned they are bigger and stronger.

How easy is Performance to use in your system?

The DFM Pellets is pre-mixed into the cow grain by the stockfeed company which could not be any simpler for us. 

The calf powder is mixed into the barrel of calf milk daily.

What is the ‘major benefit’ you see in using Performance?

Healthy stock from day one as a newborn calf right through to the milkers in the dairy.  Healthy cows mean less veterinary costs, less time treating sick animals, more milk in the vat and happier farmers!



 

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Market News

Each newsletter, we will select what we regard are the most 'influencing' news articles for you as an Australian Dairy Farmer and also provide market intelligence from Maxum Foods. For more regular market news, please visit www.performanceprobiotics.com/News.asp at any time.

 

Milk production update – Dairy Australia has reported that milk production for February 2011 was up by 0.9%on same month last year, which brought year-to-date production into line with the same 8months of the prior year. Overall, the production numbers were patchy, and the chart of changes in production by major region is the most diverse seen in many years with large swings caused by a mix of flood impacts and good conditions. Queensland again posted the largest decline due to the effects of flood, while Tasmania posted a 15% gain for the month, Gippsland was 8.6% up while Western Victoria was 8.3% higher. Queensland output is tracking closely to the forecast produced by the QDO after the January floods – the QDO then tipped February to be 18% down and expected March to be 15% off the 2010 level. Southern Australian regions produced 0.7% more milk in the 8months of the 2010/11 season to date output. The impact of the January floods and ongoing weather fluctuations has put northern output 4.8% down compared with the same period in the prior year

QDO wants to re-regulate the industry – the recommendations sought from the Senate Review into the retail pricing of milk products by the Queensland dairy farmer body call for a number of measures that would effectively attempt to re-regulate the way the milk supply chain operates. The QDO has called for a mandatory code of conduct backed with penalties to apply a sustainability test “at any point in the supply chain”. QDO wants an ACCC investigation of retailers for predatory pricing and the use of loss leaders, and wants to implement ongoing price monitoring – and then, on top of that, an independent review of the economic impact of private label pricing of milk.

Prices decline further at GDT – Milk powder prices slid further last week at Fonterra's online auction, with bidders driving down the average price for whole milk powder (WMP) by an average -5.6%.

The new average price, of US$3 878/tonne (€2 730), follows an 11.5% drop at the last auction two weeks ago. The steepest decline of 9.2% took the price for deliveries from July to September to $3,916/t. There was a slight lift in average skimmed milk powder (SMP) price by 1.5% to $3,763/t, with short-term prices rising and longer-term contracts falling. The anhydrous milk fat (AMF) average price slipped -1.7% to $5 985.

(Source - Fresh Logic)

 

 

'YOUR BACK YARD' THIS MONTH

he last 3 months since I started with Performance have flown by and I’m loving being back in the dairy industry. It has been great meeting our Performance farmers and seeing their operations and cows. Although I have not managed to see you all yet I shall be back on the road after Easter to see the remaining few that I missed last time. Good luck to those of you who are showing cows in the Kempsey, Taree and the Gympie shows in May.

With the price war on milk still going the QDO has lodged 10 recommendations to the Senate Economics committee into the milk value chain, and outlined the steps for the government to ensure continued fresh milk production.To read the full press release from the QDO follow the link

 http://www.dairypage.com.au/qdo_media/media_releases/

Congratulations to Travis and Melissa Deans from Leader Holsteins in Oakey on winning the Supreme Cow at the 2011 Toowoomba Royal Show with Leader Damion Cretonne.  The award was presented by Max Middleton the retiring chairman of the Toowoomba Royal dairy committee.

The 2011 Rugby League season has seen me hang up my coaching boots and move into the world of footy tipping. The Queensland Country Life asked me to be part of their NRL tipping competition and after 5 rounds of footy I am sat in 2nd 1 point off the leader Roger Desailly from Beef Australia. Fingers crossed I can continue to tip with my head rather than my heart.

Last week the Performance team spent the week down in Port Fairy, Victoria on our conference. We all got a great deal out of it and had some very useful information given to us by the PP Nutritionist Nicola Brazier on lead feeding.  The highlight of the week was seeing the Performance team tackle Paddle boarding with varying degrees of success and Amanda being the last team member to go in “the drink”.

Yours in Building Healthy Cows

Steve Lacey


 

 

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Around the Grounds - Area Reports

Gippsland & Northern Victoria

Hello everyone and hope that you are enjoying this amazing autumn. I have some clients in Gippsland that have managed to make silage in March which is such a change to the last few years.

Welcome to our new clients who have started on herd products after seeing us at IDW and also after trialling our calf products and getting such good results that they are using it on the whole herd. With a few more step ups lately now is the time to really think about getting optimum results out of your cows, getting them back in calf and improving overall herd health.

The wet conditions have brought on a number of challenging conditions including shot and sprung grain, fungus/mould issues, lame cows and higher bacteria levels in your calf sheds so if you have any concerns with these, make sure you give us a call and in conjuction with Nicola and Brad, we can help to overcome these issues.

It was good to catch up with both loyal and new clients at our stand at Farmworld- we introduced our Queensland Rugby League loving Area Manager Steve to proper footy country!

Speaking of footy- have you joined our tipping comp yet??

Look forward to catching up with you soon- whether it be to talk about Calves, Fertility, Improving your lactation herd or lead feeding.


Yours in Healthy Cows
Libby

Southern NSW and Tasmania

First of all welcome to new clients of Performance Herd Products and thank you to our loyal customers that keep us going.

Well  majority of NSW and Tasmania has had great rain over the past 2 months and has set up an excellent start to the autumn season, hope planting goes well and that this weather can hold back untill it all in the ground.

Talking about weather, hopefully the south coast of NSW will have been able to pack the dingy's back in the shed, at Michael Finch's property at Albion Park he received 400 mm in 3 days, just crazy and the Bega River peaking at its highest levels since 1971. Hopefully all is back to normal now and you can get back into the swing of it.

Coles……… what more needs to be said let's just hope that one of the rambling pollies can hand them a good stiff uppercut, tell them to pull their heads in, just like you would a teenager
With the World dairy market still going north it has meant decent prices for once down in Tassie, hopefully everyone can take this to their advantage and grow their business this year.
Sydney Show: Once again the most prestigious show in NSW is on in the last week of April, good luck to all exhibitors and especially Performance customers.

Ag-Fest, Performance will again be at this year's Ag-Fest, if you are coming for a look, please drop in for a chat.

With the Season experienced over the past 6 months be careful what feed is purchased for your milkers, there will be plenty of shot and sprung grain around, also be on the lookout for signs of Botchalism in all feeds, in trouble, Performance Gels are excellent for combating these problems. 

Performance Probiotics is now on You Tube, go to www.youtube.com and search for Performance Probiotics, here we have one of our nutritional experts explaining the different components of our herd products, how they work in the digestive system of a lactating dairy cow.

Kind Regards Jason Chesworth

West Districts Victoria and South Australia

Autumn break, who needs one???  The season continues through the bulk of the Western Districts and SA which has led to many farms production being well up on previous years.  This coupled with some more positive news on the milk price front with step ups across the major suppliers, heaven forbid there might be a dollar in dairy farming again.

Unfortunately I missed the Heytesbury and Mt Pleasant Shows through March but heard it went well and was lucky enough to get to the Mt Gambier Autumn Fair which although down a bit on numbers had some great quality animals.  Congratulations to all who had success at these events.

Busy time for all especially those Autumn calvers out there.  I aim to get to see you all over the coming months but if you need anything sooner please give me a call.

Not sure who follows the Performance tipping comp but I will tell you all how good a Whopper tastes after a perfect round 1 in the AFL... not bad for a rugby boy!!!


Yours in Healthy Cows,
Tom Newton.

North Coast NSW and Queensland

The last 3 months since I started with Performance have flown by and I’m loving being back in the dairy industry. It has been great meeting our Performance farmers and seeing their operations and cows. Although I have not managed to see you all yet I shall be back on the road after Easter to see the remaining few that I missed last time. Good luck to those of you who are showing cows in the Kempsey, Taree and the Gympie shows in May.

With the price war on milk still going the QDO has lodged 10 recommendations to the Senate Economics committee into the milk value chain, and outlined the steps for the government to ensure continued fresh milk production.To read the full press release from the QDO follow the linkhttp://www.dairypage.com.au/qdo_media/media_releases/

Congratulations to Travis and Melissa Deans from Leader Holsteins in Oakey on winning the Supreme Cow at the 2011 Toowoomba Royal Show with Leader Damion Cretonne.  The award was presented by Max Middleton the retiring chairman of the Toowoomba Royal dairy committee.

The 2011 Rugby League season has seen me hang up my coaching boots and move into the world of footy tipping. The Queensland Country Life asked me to be part of their NRL tipping competition and after 5 rounds of footy I am sat in 2nd 1 point off the leader Roger Desailly from Beef Australia. Fingers crossed I can continue to tip with my head rather than my heart.

Last week the Performance team spent the week down in Port Fairy, Victoria on our conference. We all got a great deal out of it and had some very useful information given to us by the PP Nutritionist Nicola Brazier on lead feeding.  The highlight of the week was seeing the Performance team tackle Paddle boarding with varying degrees of success and Amanda being the last team member to go in “the drink”.


Yours in Healthy Cows,
Steve.

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