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Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter edition. Time to dust off the winter woollies in readiness for the chilly mornings and frosty evenings coming into the winter months…

April already – I know we say it every year, but it seems like Christmas was only yesterday…

We hope you all enjoyed Easter in whatever capacity you spent it and that the Easter Bunny was kind to you. From a parents perspective, I am glad it is a once a year occasion as the ‘sugar high’ is still wearing off the kids…

The coming months should see premium milk payments in most parts of the country so now is the time to ensure your cows are healthier than ever…

Regards and enjoy - from the PP Team.


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


Location: Denman, New South Wales
Farm Manager: Andrew Farr
Herd: 400 Cows

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

Healthy Herd Hoof Boost in dairy ration; Fire Up in our Springer ration; and Healthy Calf Plus and extra DFM pellets for cows that are struggling to transition.

WHAT are the benefits you have seen since using performance

We have seen less mastitis, less health cases in general, better fertility and better hoof health. The cows handle the heat in summer better and dry matter intake has improved in adverse conditions. They seem to be able to handle extreme weather conditions better as well.

Can you put a ‘monetary’ figure on these benefits?

It is tough to put an exact figure on it. But, we are spending less money on our vet bills; less time treating sick cows; have less cows in the Hospital Herd; and more cows in calf quicker, meaning our average days in milk have come down and we are using less semen to achieve this, so I can comfortably say that it is valued at much more than it’s worth.

Would you recommend performance probiotics to another farmer?

Yes, we are very happy with the product, the service and the nutritional back up that Performance Probiotics offers.

Are there any other comments you would like to make about performance probiotics product range or services?

On our system we grow a lot of forage sorghums through the summer like Mega Sweet and Betta Graze and also grow P2307 corn, so we have a lot of fibre on offer to the cows at all times. We have been extremely impressed by the improvement in fibre intake and the extra production created by the digestive enzymes in the DFM as well as helping the cows with heat stress in the summer.





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.


MG to open Dubai office – Murray Goulburn advised shareholders of two new initiatives that would grow MG’s market presence and improve shareholder returns. Managing director Gary Helou said MG would open an office in Dubai to service Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the world’s second largest dairy import market. Currently this region imports a combined 1.2 million tonnes of dairy valued at $3.8 billion, according to MG, while Australia currently has less than 10% share of this market. Helou said MG would immediately establish a strategic business unit based in Dubai to develop relationships with key customers and market the Devondale brand to consumers.

Fonterra blames retail market for domestic revenue drop – Fonterra has blamed the Australian milk price war for a fall in the domestic revenue in its latest half year profit announcement. Revenues in Australia and New Zealand fell 4 per cent to $NZ2 billion, down from $NZ2.1 billion in the same period last year, which Fonterra said reflected ''a challenging retail environment, and an ongoing pricing battle that has resulted in pressure on major suppliers' margins''. Normalised earnings before interest and tax for the business unit fell 19 per cent to $NZ124 million.

Organic dairy demand requires more suppliers – Australia’s largest organic dairy co-operative is recruiting suppliers as it tries to fulfil unprecedented demand. Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia, which claims to supply about 80 per cent of the nation's organic milk, has been advertising in each of the major dairy regions of Victoria. Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia chief executive Bruce Symons said the 20-member co-operative needed new producers to meet the consistent 10 per cent growth each year in retail brands supplied. The co-operative markets its own products but also supplies other processor brands, including Parmalat's Pauls Pure Organic and Lemnos cheese.

China milk powder imports up sharply – After a slow start to the year, February 2012, milk powder imports into China rose by 45% from the same month a year ago, while SMP imports were more than double February 2011 levels. NZ supplied 95% of the WMP and 75% of the SMP to China during the month.

US prices expected to slide on supply overload – Wholesale market prices continue to soften in the US despite some reasonable recovery in domestic sales volumes of cheese and butter. But the weaker export returns and the continued strong growth in milk production ahead of the annual spring flush of milk production will weaken farmgate prices. Analysts expect weaker cheese, butter and SMP prices in the next quarter.

Source – Fresh Logic



Hello to all,

The autumn break is definitely here for the Gippslanders. With the touch of rain and these warmer days, its a great time of year especially for those autumn calvers. But keep an eye out for the facial eczema causing spores. The dairy Australia website has a monitoring system where you can check your local area for potential risk. Best advice is to keep your zinc levels elevated and just monitor your pasture!

Unfortunately Northern Victoria has experienced severe floods. From my correspondence with clients, they seemed not too damaged however those that had just sown seed have been hit! I spent a few days up in Shepparton region after the floods and just couldn’t believe the amount of water that was still ‘lying around’.

The Lardner field days were once again a huge success. Apart from the Friday being cool and wet, the weather held out. It was a good opportunity to meet current clients as well as promote the great results performance has found to new farmers!

This coming month is a busy one not just for autumn calvers but there are a few events being held. The Gippsland jersey fair is being held sounds like a great display is in order. Best of luck to all exhibitors. Later in the month the Northern Jersey lights sale is being held in Girgarre. Also another great display of the jersey breed.

On a different note the Tallangatta field days are being held on the 19th, performance will be there with North East genetics so look forward to meeting you all.

Jackelene Norrie






Around the Grounds - Area Reports

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. I Hope that this newsletter finds you well and that the cows are milking well.
Majority of NSW and Tassie has seen a great autumn break on the back on the best summer we have seen for milking cows, let’s hope this good weather continues and milk increases as we get ryegrass coming through. Calving season is in full swing and hopefully it is all going well, feel free to contact me if you would like to improve your calving system.

A congratulation to all PP customers with their success’s at the local autumn shows around the country.
Ag-Fest, Performance will again be at this year’s Ag-Fest in Tassie on the 3rd,4th & 5th of May, if you are coming for a look, please drop in for a chat.

Performance now works with a very wide range of feed mills in NSW, making it even easier to include a beneficial Probiotic in your diet, if you mix your own grain we also work with a number of companies and can make using a Probiotic not only beneficial to your herd health and production but cost effective too !!!
Wondering how you can save some $$$$$, then give me a ring, through Performance’s Nutritional services many of our clients have been able to save $1000’s of dollars by assessing their feed additives and overall ration costs.

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.

Flushing Cows? - Farmers are getting great results using Hot Flush in conjunction with the Performance Flush Plan, contact me for more details.

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.
I look forward to working with you to Build Healthy Cows

Kind Regards Jason Chesworth

West Districts Victoria and South Australia

Hi Everyone

For those of you Autumn calvers who haven’t started yet, the time is not far away and hopefully the few showers that have been about over the past few weeks have been enough to get a bit of feed going.

A few things to remember prior to calving:
- Ensure you have your transition diet organised, we are again seeing good results with FIRE UP in springer rations so please be sure to get in touch if you would like some help in formulating a diet to ensure a smooth transition into the dairy.
- Ensure your calf sheds are ready to go and you have your Gel and Healthy Calf Plus on hand to get those early calves off to the best start possible
- We also have formulated some excellent calf meals which are available throughout the Western Districts and South Australia, please give me a call if you would like further information.

The beginning of April has also seen the start to the AFL season and with that the Performance tipping competition.  This year we have put a handsome cash prize up for grabs so make sure you jump on board at http://footytips.com.au/comps/Performance_Pro-Biotics_2011 however don’t get too excited as I have a feeling that this is my year....... and the year of the Lions?

April is taking me to South Australia for a week including a day at the All Breeds Youth Show in Adelaide, and then a couple of weeks around the West and then back into the South East of SA.  For our Victorian friends the YDDP are also running a ‘Tech 4 Dairy’ and also ‘Mastitis’ information days on 16th and 19th of April respectively, if you would like more information give me a call.

Wishing you and your families a very happy Easter and all the best for a great Autumn.
Yours in Healthy Cows....

Tom Newton.
0439 773 14