Perfect conditions for the two Fs: Flystrike and Facial Eczema
Warm wet weather in many areas is creating the perfect conditions for the production-limiting diseases flystrike and Facial Eczema.
Avoiding Pneumonia at a high-risk time of the year
Weaning, drafting, drenching and shearing all create the perfect environment for pneumonia and pleurisy in lambs, but simple management can reduce the risk of these production limiting diseases.
Tailoring vaccine programmes for different farming systems
Vaccination programmes protect both ewes and lambs from a range of diseases but one size does not fit all and different sheep systems will have different vaccine requirements.
Mycoplasma bovis: Precautions for calf rearing
If buying or selling calves or milk this spring, there are some simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) and other diseases.
Beware of nitrate poisoning in drought affected regions
Cases of nitrate poisoning are being reported in the Hawke's Bay region after recent rain.
Do ewes really need a pre-lamb drench?
AgResearch scientist Dr Dave Leathwick, builds a strong case for thinking twice about the practice that is routinely carried out by around 80 per cent of sheep farmers as part of their pre-lamb animal health treatments.
New research funded for facial eczema tolerance testing
A pilot study investigating the potential of a groundbreaking facial eczema (FE) tolerance test is being launched in July.
Reconsider pre-lamb shearing
Farmers are being urged to consider delaying pre-lamb shearing this winter as feed resources in many parts of the country are already stretched.
May Animal Health: Beef Cattle
Let’s go through the broad list of stock classes on the farm, and look at their animal health considerations.
Autumn animal health checklist – sheep
Veterinarian Ginny Dodunski of Totally Vets Taumarunui provides timely sheep health and management advice with a focus on internal parasites, mating hoggets and the management of hill country ewes.
Mycoplasma bovis, TB and NAIT programmes during the COVID-19 lock-down
Given the critical importance of the country’s primary sector, the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication programme and OSPRI’s TB control and NAIT programmes will continue during the Covid-19 lock-down.