Looking out for Facial Eczema
Warm summer temperatures and high humidity create the perfect conditions for Facial Eczema and Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging farmers to be vigilant.
Perfect summer for flystrike
Recent high temperatures and humidity have created perfect conditions for flystrike in parts of the country, but there are steps farmers can take to make sheep as unattractive to flies as possible.
Advice for grazing sheep in vineyards
Until recently, the use of sprays containing Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) in vineyards has meant that sheep cannot graze between the vines due to the risk of persistent residues.
Preparing the ram team for mating
If farmers haven’t done so already, now is the time they should be giving their ram team a health-check to ensure they are fit and ready for mating in the coming weeks.
B+LNZ calls for farmers to book pregnancy scanners early
While most rams have yet to go out, farmers are being asked to book their sheep scanners in early to highlight any shortages in scanner availability due to COVID-19 border entry restrictions.
Facial Eczema spore counts unseasonably high
Facial Eczema spore counts in some regions are particularly high for this time of year and Beef + Lamb New Zealand is urging farmers to be vigilant.
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.