How long until AI of beef cows is common?
Until AI-sired calves demand a premium, commercial farmer use of AI will broadly remain the territory of larger operations and those with a passion for genetics, according to agricultural consultant Geoff Dunham.
Ergot outbreak in Southern regions causes stock death
Farmers in Southland and South Otago are being asked to look for signs of ergot toxicity in their stock after a reported outbreak in the region.
Harnesses a tool for selecting ewe replacements
In a recent B+LNZ podcast Dr Paul Kenyon described how ram harnesses can be used to identify ewe lambs that ovulate early.
Disease outbreak highlights need for on-farm biosecurity
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is working closely with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the response to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak in South Canterbury and North Otago.
Sustainable worm control underlines productive farm system
Otago farmers Bruce and Denise Cameron recognised the toll internal parasites were taking on their lambs’ performance and carried out a drench resistance test. The result is a strategy that outsmarts internal parasites.
Testing for drench effectiveness prompts change
Ian and Paul Roy are converts to sustainable parasite management, after a drench resistance test revealed they were throwing good money away on drenches that weren’t doing the job.
Internal parasite control – a team effort
When it comes to managing internal parasites on farm, Bog Roy Station stock manager Danny Brown says the key step is a drench resistance test.
Eating quality underpins red meat story
Speaking at Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s beef-focused field days in Canterbury, AbacusBio consultant Jason Archer defined eating quality as tenderness, juiciness and flavour and says much of what farmers do on-farm can influence all of these factors.
Beef Cow BCS resource launched
Body Condition Scoring is a proven management tool in driving productivity and feed-use efficiency and a recently launched how-to resource book makes condition scoring beef cows easy.
Facial Eczema threatens ewe fertility
Warm, wet weather is creating perfect conditions for Facial Ezcema (FE) and given the right conditions the risk could continue through until May.
Worm burdens a threat after rain
Farmers in areas that have been very dry need to be on the lookout for internal parasite infestations in the wake of the recent rain.