Tail docking: reminder about new regulations on minimum length
With docking – or tailing – about to get underway in many areas, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is issuing another reminder about the new tail length requirements.
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Tail length requirements in place this spring
Changes in animal regulations means farmers will need to be aware of how much tail they are leaving on their lambs at docking this spring.
New requirements for on-farm surgical procedures
New animal welfare regulations come into effect on 9 May and will affect many common procedures carried out on farms such as tail docking and treatment of bearings.
Farmers encouraged to keep a weather eye on spring conditions
Dryland sheep and beef farmers are being encouraged to have a Plan A and Plan B up their sleeves as they head into spring and summer.
Update on slink and casualty stock collections
Traditional slink disposal services have stopped in many areas and industry bodies are urging farmers to put plans in place to correctly deal with losses over lambing and calving.
Selecting lambing and calving areas to enhance survival
With lambing and calving about to start, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers of the importance of providing ewes and cows with suitable, well-sheltered areas for lambing and calving.
Time to be planting trees
Winter is the time to be planting trees and shrubs on-farm for shade and shelter.
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.