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"Production is up 21% year-on-year, cows are getting back in calf quicker and the herd has never looked better, in all a great decision bringing Malijo Consulting on board"

Russ & Beck McMillan - Nanneella Vic.


"Hi Mark. Thanks for your visit the other day, for saving me money and making me money. The cows are up two litres/day and I'm saving money on purchased hay, they are going great. Thanks again, Danny".

Danny Leahy - Girgarre Vic.


“Malijo Consulting has helped us significantly increase productivity and as a result improved efficiency, pushing our farming system into the future.                              

 Brad Windridge – Leitchville.


“Since introducing the GT 10 to our herd, the cows have performed better, had lower cell counts and fewer mastitis and never been happier!”                                

Brad Wren – Strathmerton.


Check out the Malijo Consulting Fishing Trip Photos.

Check out the Photos for the Annual Malijo Consulting Fishing trip to Darwin 2012 in the links section of the website.

It was certainly a fantastic time had by all, and I imagine the stories will get taller and taller as times go by. Thanks to all those who participated, I really look forward to doing it all again next year.


Causes and Management of winter-Spring Milk fat depression.

For those of you who are experiencing some diffuculty with your Milk fat this winter-spring, and are looking for a more indepth discussion/explanation of the topic, please read the following article written by the team at feedworks. 

Causes and Management of milk fat depression


Do not overlook protein balance in the transition period!

Far too often in the past two weeks have I seen some real issues with Leed feed strategies being sold to the dairy industry. And many of the issues revolve around the quality of the forages that we have at our disposal this calving season. 

One of the most commonly overlooked elements of the transition strategy is protein balance. Far too often I have seen overall CP%'s of diets at well below 12%CP....and any wonder when the forages of choice this season are often 6-8% CP. It is going to be very difficult to have diet that is a minimum of 14.5% CP (and there is no compimise on this level) overall, when the majority of our diets are less than 8% (that bein the forage).

The issue with inadequate protein levels pre calving, is the rumen will essentially begin to shut down (or at very least, slow significantly in degradation rate of feed) and as a result, Dry Matter intakes are significantly reduced. The effects of this decreased DMI (coupled with increases in maintenance requirements) pre calving will often result in clinical/sub clinical ketosis (often indicated by >3% RFM's), the flow on effects of which will be quite severe, not only in general herd health and production, but will have a huge influence on fertility.

So remember.....the trasition diet (not just the leed feed we are sold by the local sales rep) must be balanced for protein, and give your herd the best chance to get off to a flying start!!



What are we going to do....decrease milk price & increased grain price??

The recent announcement of a significant decrease in milk price, and now the significant increase in concentrate prices has left many within the Victorian dairy industry pondering what on earth to do?? The sort answer to this challenging question is significantly increase your Feed Conversion Efficiency (FCE). This means producing more milk (or milk solids if you like to think that way) from every kg of DM that is consumed by the cows.

In the pasture/hay/silage/concentrate dairy system, the recognised average FCE is lies somewhere between 0.9 & 1.1 litres/kg DMI (eg 5000 litres from 5000kg of food = 1:1). However, years of experience shows that year in year out this FCE should be much closer to 1.25 -1.3:1. This means getting 1.25 -1.3 litres for every kg of DM consumed. How do we achieve this i can you ask?? There is really only one means to making this happen, and that is get cows to significantly increase their DMI over and above their maintenance requirement, and the most influential time to address this issue is in the transition (Leed feed) period and early lactation (1-65 Days in Milk).....we must get cows to peak, and peak early if we are going to be successful.




Get your herd off to a flying start.

With the new season fast approaching, a decrease in milk price and slight increase in grain price, its incredibly important that you get your herd off to a flying start. 

There is so much more to the transition diet than just minimising the incidence of Milk Fever. In fact I firmly believe that the the reduced milk fever is just a bonus to a fantastic transition diet.

Australian literature suggests increases in production of 400-900 litres/cow/yr, and herd health significantly improved.

Its incredibly important that you ensure that your transition diet supplies the following, and not just be sold a "Leed Feed" supplement:

- minimum of 100 MJ ME/cow/day.

- total diet is a minimum of 14.5% CP - the importance of which is far too often overlooked by the industry.

- DCAB of <0.

- Correct balance of Macro/trace minerals and ioniphores for your herd.

To review your transition diet, please contact us and we will organise an on farm consultation and ensure that you get get the best from your herd this season.

Importance of DMI in early lactation

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