Lincoln University Dairy Farm manager Peter Hancox (left) addresses a recent field day with farming consultant Jeremy Savage.

A Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) decision to use all AI and no bulls for mating has given “mixed” results and looks like it will be a short-lived experiment.

 
 
Warm, wet weather creates perfect conditions for facial ezcema.

Warm, wet weather creates perfect conditions for facial eczema (FE) and, given the right conditions, the risk of the disease could persist until May.

Australian studies indicated that the survival of PI sheep is poor.

Traditionally, bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) has been considered a disease of cattle. But lately it has been found to cause infections in sheep, deer, alpacas, llamas and pigs. 

Facial eczema can cost the industry $100 million annually if allowed to inflict maximum damage.

Liver damage caused by Facial Eczema severely impacts animal welfare and productivity, yet many farmers are not sufficiently supplementing their cows to protect against it.

NAIT says its online system is set to be enhanced by an interactive map to help users accurately define a NAIT location.

Farmers, especially in the South Island, are being reminded that while Mycoplasma bovis has captured headlines, TB is a continuing problem in small pockets of the country.

Bringing sheep into the NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) system may be a way of getting more value out of the animals, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor claims.

Weaning is an ideal time to body condition score (BCS) ewes as it allows valuable summer feed to be partitioned into lighter ewes to give them a lift before tupping.

 

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