Sheep should not be shorn in the last four weeks of pregnancy.

Farmers are being urged to consider delaying pre-lamb shearing this winter as feed resources in many parts of the country are already stretched.

Phil McKinnon, LIC.

With winter around the corner, LIC says farm staff are busy tending to bulls to ensure they capture the vital semen needed for New Zealand’s dairy herd.

 
Body condition scoring should be hands-on, according to DairyNZ.

Body condition scoring (BCS) is a simple process. However, DairyNZ says it is important to calibrate the eye by first condition scoring cows “hands on” at the dairy.

 
Possum control it is not regarded by the Ministry of Primary Industries as an “essential service”.

OSPRI has suspended possum control operations in support of its TBfree disease eradication programme during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Adrian and Pauline Ball.

Strict hygiene standards on dairy farms will be an important part of long-term export market protection, say award-winning Waikato farmers Adrian and Pauline Ball.

Biosecurity isn't just about border control at the airport or ports, writes Nita Harding, DairyNZ technical policy advisor.

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