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Hi and welcome to the August edition of our newsletter. Well it has been a cold and wet winter in most parts of Victoria and NSW. We still definitely have a 2 tiered milk economy depending if you are in the north or south, so hopefully demand can continue for global dairy ingredients to drive pricing.

Thank you to those customers who attended the Tri Nations Rugby with us in Sydney – it was a great night and hopefully many more to come.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to Building Healthy Cows with you. 

 

 

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

BUSHLEA FARMS LEONGATHA, VICTORIA

Location: Leongatha in Gippsland
Cow Number: 350 milking cows
Breed: 80% Jerseys, 20% Holsteins

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

We are using Healthy Herd Hoof Boost, Fire Up, Healthy Calf Plus, Healthy Calf Macro and the Microbial Gel. Hoof Boost is fed to the Milking herd through a mineral dispenser, Fire up is mixed up with Lead feed. Calves receive Gel, Healthy Calf Plus in their milk and Healthy Calf Macro in their Grain mix.

Why did you choose Performance in the 1st Place?

Initially we were looking at non antibiotic products as they wanted to put a more natural additive in the herd. We had concerns about long term levels of resistance from antibiotics and would rather take a preventative approach to overall health to reduce end costs,maintain production and have healthier cows

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?

In the herd products, ease of use and the safety of the product is a big benefit. There are no issues if you accidently overdose a cow or if one eats more than its share of grain that day. We have been on Healthy Herd Hoof Boost for a few months over the wet winter and have seen a reduction in foot-related problems which benefit both the healthof the cow and our time spent treating them.

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

It gives us a peace of mind. The ease and safety of the products means one less thing to worry about. To assess any major changes in a herd you need to give things a decent chance—trial it for at least 12-18 months to see the benefits to your cows.

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

Our cows are the healthiest they have been for years and this is most likely an indirect saving. Nutritional support is handy when you need a second opinion and it costs you nothing

How easy is Performance to use in your system?

Very easy. The paste is our favourite product—we use it on any calves that are off milk, a bit sad or scoury and also use it on any cows in the herd that are a bit flat

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

Ease of use and healthy cows.



 

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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.

 

WCB chases supply, as it flags final milk price raise Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) has announced that it needs more milk to meet new customer demand requirements, inviting milk suppliers to join them in anopen letter published in regional newspapers. At the same time, WCB announced a final step-up in milk price of 8 cents/kg butterfat and 16 cents/kg protein forthe 2010/11 season. This increase will take the company’s estimate of the final 12-month average price to 42.5cpl or $5.75/kg milk solids equivalent, the second highest milk price paid in the company’s 122 year history. The company will also be investing $5 million in its new capability at Allansford powder plant and expanding the capacity of the Sungold milk plant by 50% with $3.5 million, as part of an initial phase.

DFMC announces 2011/12 pricing – The milk cooperative supplier to Lion announced 2011/12 milk prices in all regions. Southern and NSW base prices remain unchanged from last year, with small increases paid in Queensland regions. The big change however for DFMC suppliers comes with market access arrangements, which will see lower Tier 1 volumes in Queensland and NSW regions, after DFMC’s customer lost private label supply contracts with retailers.

More cash injection for MG suppliers – In a letter to its suppliers and shareholders, MG has declared a full-year dividend of 12% on ordinary shares held by suppliers. The dividend announcement represents $26 million in payments to MG and follows the recent July milk payments worth $160 million including the final step-up.

Coles says $1 milk will stay a fixture – Coles has announced that it would be keeping its home brand packaged milk price “Down Down” at just $1 a litre for as long as possible in order to benefit customers. Originally, in January, Coles had committed to keep the low price-tag for its brand milk for at least six months, if not longer. However, increased milk sales over the last six months has galvanised the role of the $1/litre milk for the foreseeable future. But Wesfarmers CEO threw some different views into play last week when he said the prices wouldn’t be sustained into the long-term and that the retailer would pass on cost increases that it was “unable to absorb”. This follows the recent ACCC’s finding last week that Coles’ discounting of prices for its house branded milk did not breach Australian competition laws.

Strongest farmer confidence in 2 ½ years – According to the Federated Farmer’s fifth confidence survey, NZ farm confidence is at the strongest level in at least 2 ½ years, with 16.4% of respondents expecting an improvement in the general economy over the next 12 months, compared to 11.6% in January 2011.

 

Source – Fresh Logic

 

 

'YOUR BACK YARD' THIS MONTH

Welcome to our new Performance Herd Clients and many thanks to all our loyal clients in the north of the country for their constant support. With the colder weather finally here and cold winds finally drying out the land the grass growth rate has dropped greatly. Many parts of our region have been dry or received little rainfall to help push grass growth that can help greatly at this time of year. The grain price in the north has come back a little but is still around the $308 mark where as the darling Downs and North Coast have levelled. The Darling Downs sits around $260 and North Coast around $310 a tonne.  Hay is abundant in the north and will stay at a stable price for the next few months whilst Lucerne hay is in demand in the south although the price is higher than normal for quality product.

On behalf of Performance Probiotics, I would like to thanks Wes Judd for his service and efforts as the President of the ADF. Mr Judd will be returning to concentrate on his family farm on the Darling Downs, which was so badly affected by the floods. He will maintain his position on the QDO board when he steps down in mid August.

Good luck to all PP clients who are entering animals at the Royal Brisbane show. PP client Colin Daley from Millaa Millaa will be one of the judges inspecting some of the quality animals on show. I look forward to seeing you around the sheds and wish you all the best. Don’t forget to use your Performance Gel to help the animals settle when at the show.

Yours in healthy cow

Steve Lacey


 

 

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Around the Grounds - Area Reports

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 What a cold winter it has been, with a few nice days here in the hunter in the past week we hope spring is just around the corner. Although decent rain has been felt in most parts, it has dried up a lot in the last month

and most farmers out west and in the hunter/Tamworth regions would love some more rain before spring. South Coast has had some good rain in past couple of weeks so let's hope some sunny days can help out to grow some grass soon.

With still no answers on milk price for many NSW producers, remember to avoid spending money to produce T-2 milk, grass is our cheapest resource so make sure you utilize this over the next few months.

The Good news is that demand for dairy products is still good which means that although we mighten know milk prices we can be assured that it will be better than the worst times we have seen.

Congratulations to Doug & John Raphael of Glen Eden Holsteins on their 5yr old cow who producing over 19,000 Litres with over 1300kg of Milk Solids on 2x milking, well done

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

Thank you to everyone that came to the PP Footy Trip in Sydney, we had a great night and hope you did too, it will be an annual event for PP Herd Customers for here on In.

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

As we say goodbye to July, hopefully we are saying hello to an August full of long sunny days..... we can only hope.  After an extremely productive spring, summer, and autumn period across the bulk of Western Victoria and South Australia we are currently seeing the downside of entering into winter with a full soil moisture profile.  The past weeks and the weeks ahead have been and will be challenging for all involved with keeping cows in good condition and on their feet being the big challenge.  With the wet and cold conditions we have seen minimal grass growth, rotations tightening and hence greater reliance on supplementary feed, hopefully with the days getting longer August will be kind to us and set us up for a big Spring. 

Calving continues over much of the area, some split calving herds are having a well earned respite from calves for a month or two before kicking off again over the coming few months.  With a number of first time users coming on board in a tough year we have again seen very good results with our calf rearing products.

Over the next month I will have a week in the East of SA before spending a few weeks back in Western Vic, if you are keen to catch up let me know and I will organise a time to stop by. 

Finally there is a very good event being put on by the YDDP on 31st August called ‘Milk it 4 More’ at Glenormiston College which will showcase a number of different speakers and discussion sessions, if you would like more information please give me a call.

Yours in Healthy Cows with good floaties,

Tom Newton.

North Coast NSW and Queensland

Welcome to our new Performance Herd Clients and many thanks to all our loyal clients in the north of the country for their constant support. With the colder weather finally here and cold winds finally drying out the land the grass growth rate has dropped greatly. Many parts of our region have been dry or received little rainfall to help push grass growth that can help greatly at this time of year. The grain price in the north has come back a little but is still around the $308 mark where as the darling Downs and North Coast have levelled. The Darling Downs sits around $260 and North Coast around $310 a tonne.  Hay is abundant in the north and will stay at a stable price for the next few months whilst Lucerne hay is in demand in the south although the price is higher than normal for quality product.

On behalf of Performance Probiotics, I would like to thanks Wes Judd for his service and efforts as the President of the ADF. Mr Judd will be returning to concentrate on his family farm on the Darling Downs, which was so badly affected by the floods. He will maintain his position on the QDO board when he steps down in mid August.

Good luck to all PP clients who are entering animals at the Royal Brisbane show. PP client Colin Daley from Millaa Millaa will be one of the judges inspecting some of the quality animals on show. I look forward to seeing you around the sheds and wish you all the best. Don’t forget to use your Performance Gel to help the animals settle when at the show.

Yours in healthy cow

Steve Lacey

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