Using genetics to enhance farm resilience
A new season of ram sales is upon us which provides an opportunity to re-evaluate our breeding objectives. A huge amount of work has been done over the decades by ram breeders up and down the country to produce genetic lines with all manner of attributes, from fibre diameter and growth rate to disease resilience and parasite resistance.
Vigilance required against African Swine Fever
As African Swine Fever spreads across many Asian and European countries, pig owners in this country are being reminded to be vigilant with biosecurity and not feed pigs uncooked meat.
B+LNZ releases practical guide to Lice and Flystrike control
Flystrike season is just around the corner and a newly-released book covers all options when it comes to sustainably and safely preventing or treating flystrike and lice.
Whole system approach needed to avoid triple drench resistance
Triple drench resistance is appearing at an alarming rate particularly in the North Island, but with the correct management, farmers can prevent this occurring.
Reducing stress on in-lamb ewes
The majority of the ewes that make up the New Zealand ewe flock are high-performance animals, many of which are sitting on a metabolic knife-edge as they get closer to lambing.
Multi-faceted approach required for management of internal parasites
Changes in land use or farm policies which result in predominance of young livestock could be recipe for disaster in terms of the development of drench resistance.
Taking a multi-sector approach to Johne’s Disease management
Johne’s Disease is an ongoing issue for livestock farmers in New Zealand and while levels of this production-limiting disease are low, the industry cannot afford to become complacent.
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.