Dairy Beef

The veal deal

Where others saw the issue of bobby calves in the dairy industry as a serious issue, Alan McDermont and Julia Galway saw an opportunity: to produce world class pasture-raised veal that everyone could enjoy.

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Episode 3 – Is there really value in our dairy-beef calves?

Editor of Dairy Exporter, Sheryl Haitana along with her co-host Anne Lee, Deputy Editor, discuss the change in focus to value opportunities for dairy-beef with industry experts Bob Thomson of AgFirst, Allan McDermott of Pearl Veal and Rebecca Hickson, Geneticist with Focus Genetics.

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Keep the finisher in mind

Dairy farmers wishing to phase out bobby calves will need to raise animals that will compete with other land uses. Sheryl Haitana reports.

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Breeding beef in the dairy

Pamu is now rearing more than 50% of its calves born on the dairy farms, with a target to get to 75% in the next three years, and 100% by 2030.

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Why dairy farmers should pick proven beef sires

Using proven beef sires over dairy cows adds value to surplus calves, AgFirst Agribusiness Consultant Bob Thomson writes.

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Natural rearing makes Pearl Veal the real deal

The aim of a pasture-raised veal system is to give calves great lives and keep rearing as close to nature as possible, Anne Lee writes.

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Demonstrating value to beef and dairy sectors

Dairy beef animals have to be the most efficient animals possible and genetics is a key factor. By Sheryl Haitana.

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Prison farm pivots from dairy to beef

Waikato’s Waikeria Prison farm has been operating for 110 years and thousands have been through the farm training system. Once a sheep farm, the prison farm converted to dairy and is now pivoting to focus more on beef production. By Claire Ashton
Photos: Emma McCarthy

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Growth potential for Wagyu

Michael Schat gave up contract milking to go into the Red Wagyu business boots ’n’ all and is making the most of opportunities that come his way. By Sandra Taylor.

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