South Otago sheep and beef farmer Hamish Bielski.

Farmers with experience and breeding knowledge are deeply concerned about the pressure to breed for low methane sheep traits and its effects on other important traits they have been pursuing over the last 100 years.

Illustrious’ breeders, Jacki and Graeme Barr, were presented with the honour at LIC’s annual Breeders’ Day event in Hamilton recently. Also in the picture is Simon Worth, LIC.

An elite Holstein Friesian bull, Farside M Illustrious S3F, has been inducted into the "Hall of Fame", an honour exclusively reserved for animals that have delivered a significant contribution to the dairy industry.

UK chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss (middle) with NZ Special Agricultural Trade envoy Hamish Marr (left) and Paul Crick on his sheep, beef and deer farmer in the Wairarapa.

Females are dominating the veterinary profession worldwide and many farmers are welcoming this change in the composition of the profession, says Britain's Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) Professor Christine Middlemiss.

The data, collected from LIC’s MINDA software, showed that at 22 months, heifers on average are around 4-5% below MINDA guidelines.

Dairy farmers can easily track the performance of their replacement heifers and ensure they reach their genetic potential.

Vet Nathan Back.

A vet is calling for all animals to be vaccinated against a new strain of leptospirosis (lepto) discovered on New Zealand dairy farms in recent years.

A Waikato cattle farming family have been fined $23,000 for failing to provide sufficient food and care for their animals.

A Waikato cattle farming family have been fined $23,000 for failing to provide sufficient food and care for their animals, resulting in more than half a dozen animal deaths.

Trial results showed there was a reduction of up to 57% in drench use without any negative effects on the productivity of winter lambs.

An initial trial of an app, funded by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, has demonstrated significant results in reducing drench inputs during a small-scale study.

It is estimated that the cost of undetected drench resistance in sheep has exploded to $98 million a year.

Analysis by Dunedin-based Techion New Zealand shows the cost of undetected drench resistance in sheep has exploded to an estimated $98 million a year.

Amid reports of an increase in the number of parvovirus cases, the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is calling on dog owners to prioritise essential vaccinations.

From November 1, 2023, Ministry for Primary Industries’ Mycoplasma bovis Eradication Programme has been contracted out to disease management agency OSPRI, as it enters a long-term surveillance phase.

Leptospirosis is widespread on New Zealand livestock farms and a webinar, hosted by Zoetis on March 19, will provide resource, and offer insights into understanding and preventing the disease.

Farmers are being encouraged to have their say on a New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) proposal to continue funding the Informing New Zealand Beef (INZB) genetics programme and supporting a new facial eczema research project.

A disease that costs the primary industry more than $200 million a year is potentially coming to a place near you soon.

Successfully breeding what they call their "Corriedale 2.0" sheep is paying dividends for Robin and Pip Wilson of Wilfield Stud, West Melton.

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