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GRAEME AND REBECCA DAVISON MILK1,650 COWS AND RAISE 440 CALVES ON THEIR WAIKATO DAIRY FARMS. DESCRIBED BY HIS BELL-BOOTH PRODUCT SPECIALIST AS ‘A GREAT OPERATOR WHO FOLLOWS THE PROGRAMME METICULOUSLY’, GRAEME DAVISON CANDIDLY DESCRIBES HIS IMPRESSIONS.

I know that our heifer calves are the future of our herds. So I actually do all the calf rearing,” Graeme Davison states. “We own two dairy farms and sharemilk on another close by. I’ve used the Queen of Calves programme on one farm for about fi ve years and have compared those calves to calves raised on a conventional diet on another one of our farms. We follow the programme using X-Factor to start off with, transitioning to Queen of Calves around about day 19 and this is a summary of what we’ve observed:

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RAY AND LAUREEN COLEBROOK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SON IAN, FARM 580 JERSEY COWS ON THEIR WHANGAREI PROPERTY. THE COLEBROOKS HAVE BEEN USING THE QUEEN OF CALVES PROGRAMME SINCE 2007.

We had proof early in the first spring that it was a good product,” says Ray. “One of our calves died at 7 weeks due to a twisted bowel. We asked our vet to do an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death. When he opened her up he said he’d never seen such rumen development at that age. So straightaway we had evidence of the claims.

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