Udder issues limiting production
While udders are vital for lamb survival, there has been surprisingly little research carried out on udder health. Massey University-based veterinarian Kate Griffiths sought to rectify the problem by leading a three-year trial looking at the impacts of udder faults on a sheep breeding system.
Animal health put under the microscope
A newly launched resource is helping farmers undertake a comprehensive review of their animal health stewardship to identify risks and improve farm productivity and profitability.
Climatic conditions favouring Facial Eczema and Flystrike
Warm and wet climatic conditions mean that it is shaping up to be a bad summer for both flystrike and Facial Eczema.
Don’t forget about TB
While Mycoplasma bovis has captured headlines in the past 18 months, TB continues to be problematic in small pockets of the country particularly in the South Island.
Genes are best defence against Facial Eczema
Facial eczema is a seasonal scourge but genetic selection can help minimise the impact of this production-limiting disease in sheep.
Understanding losses key to increasing lamb survival
Lamb post-mortems can reveal why lamb losses occur and can inform management decisions to help maximise lamb survival.
Mycoplasma bovis update
You may be aware a mixed dry-stock farm in the Tasman district has been confirmed as positive for Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis). It's the first time the disease has been found in this region.
Update on Mp.bovis
B+LNZ have huge sympathy for the affected farmers and their families affected by the Mp.bovis outbreak. Our focus is on getting a clear direction about the future of the response as soon as possible and learning everything we can to avoid our farmers going through this again.
Risk of ergot poisoning in southern regions at present
Farmers in Southland, South Otago and West Otago should check ryegrass pastures closely for evidence of ergot in seed heads. Avoid making balage/silage from infected pastures.
Controlling pests and managing animal waste crucial for biosecurity
The discovery of Mycoplasma bovis in this country is a timely reminder for farmers to implement on-farm biosecurity practices to protect their businesses and livelihoods – and those of their neighbours.
Caution required with lucerne at mating
This is not the year to be mating ewes on lucerne.