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.
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.