Most farmers are well prepared for the new disbudding and dehorning regulations which will take effect on October 1.
In this season we are again asking a lot of our stock.
Most of the ewes that make up the New Zealand ewe flock are high performance animals, many of them sitting on a metabolic knife-edge as they get closer to lambing, says Ben Allot, North Canterbury Vets.
Changes in a farm’s land use or policies which result in it having mostly young livestock could be disastrous in promoting the development of drench resistance.
Dr Sean Daly, vet and technical adviser at MSD Animal Health, explains best-practice guidelines for treating cows with clinical mastitis.
Selecting the right genetics is no longer only for improving the economic output of a herd, says CRV Ambreed sales and marketing manager Jon Lee.
Tail pant has been shelved by a King Country farm — the first in New Zealand to try DeLaval’s automated cow heat detection.
The ‘Resilient Dairy’ research launched by LIC at National Fieldays in June is an “overdue but welcome initiative” because New Zealand is lagging in dairy genetics, says genetics company World Wide Sires.
Johne’s disease remains an issue for livestock farmers New Zealand-wide.
Good bull management means running adequate numbers of bulls with the herd, reducing their stress, and handling bulls to minimise the risk of injury to people and animals, says DairyNZ.
An Australian research project has identified compounds in Merino sheep wool that are attractive to blowflies.
Lamb daily growth rates on sheep farms in New Zealand are in a huge range — from as low as 80g to 350g or more per lamb per day.
Getting to the top of this range requires attention to detail.
If African swine fever (ASF) hits New Zealand it will “absolutely and totally” obliterate our pork industry, says Freedom Farms general manager Hilary Pearson.
What should you keep in mind when choosing trace mineral products? Greg Jarratt, vet and director of Matamata Veterinary Services explains.
In this season we are again asking a lot of our stock, writes Julie Wagner, Ravensdown animal health product manager.
It will be up to farmers to report problems with tags as a push begins to improve livestock ID and tracing standards, says OSPRI.
Successful grazing of crop paddocks is achieved by good management of people, cows and the environment, says DairyNZ.
Mastitis is the most common disease of dairy cattle and is a significant cause of losses on the dairy farm, explains Dr Sean Daly, vet and technical adviser at MSD Animal Health.
OPINION: Contrary to recent suggestions in the media, there is very little credible research supporting the success of homeopathic treatment of mastitis in dairy cows.
Nitrate poisoning usually occurs in late autumn or winter when nitrate levels in the feed are high, particularly during a flush of growth after a dry period.
With spring just around the corner for many, it is time to recap on some rather sobering facts that highlight the importance of being prepared for the busy season.
When dealing with calf feed products it is important to read the labels, go online or ask your supplier for instructions and information, says Natalie Hughes, nutrition and quality manager at SealesWinslow.
Almost all the recommendations from two reviews of the Mycoplasma bovis programme have been accepted, after the ‘surge in activity’ leading up to this year’s moving day.
The Canterbury TBfree committee chair Malcolm Gilbert has retired after 15 years in the role.
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