Spring weather reminder
With NIWA forecasting a particularly unsettled spring, sheep and beef farmers are being reminded to remain vigilant and keep a close eye on weather forecasts.
Regulatory changes impact livestock management procedures
Regulatory changes mean that from October 1, a cattle beast that is being dehorned or disbudded will require a local anesthetic at the time of the procedure – irrespective of age.
Do you have adequate shelter?
Winter is nearly here and layers of clothing are being added with each passing month. It’s timely to stop and consider if our livestock have sufficient access to shelter – to meet both their health and welfare needs.
Caution urged at autumn calf sales
Buying calves this autumn? Make sure they are either polled or have been de-budded otherwise they will become a problem next spring.
Animal welfare regulation changes impact transportation
Changes to animal welfare regulations come into effect on 1 October and some of the biggest changes will be around the transportation of livestock.
Surviving the storm
Maintaining ewes in good body condition and the provision of shelter are the two most important management factors in enhancing lamb survival in adverse weather.
Care required for ewes on fodder beet
Ewes grazing fodder beet crops may require a protein-rich supplement to ensure their nutritional needs are being met, especially in the latter part of pregnancy.
Triple drench resistance an emerging issue
Livestock monocultures and inappropriate drenching practices are contributing to the emergence of internal parasite resistance to triple combination drenches.
Farm biosecurity guidelines aimed at dairy graziers
In the wake of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and DairyNZ have released a set of biosecurity guidelines specifically for farmers offering dairy support.
Review of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) system
The review of the National Animal Identification and Tracing system has recently concluded and the report is publicly available.
Update on Mp-bovis and resources farmers can draw on
Over the past week there have been two significant developments in the Mycoplasma bovis (Mp. bovis) response.